Moores named as new England coach

Lancashire's Peter Moores has been named England head coach for a second time, succeeding Andy Flower.

    Moores' first stint between 2007 and 2009 was overshadowed by a difficult relationship with Kevin Pietersen [AFP]
    Moores' first stint between 2007 and 2009 was overshadowed by a difficult relationship with Kevin Pietersen [AFP]

    Peter Moores has been appointed as the new head coach of the England cricket team, returning to the job he previously held for two years before getting sacked.

    The 51-year-old Lancashire coach replaces Andy Flower, who lost the Test coaching role after England's 5-0 loss to Australia in the Ashes series.

    In any time of change there comes opportunity and this is one I can't wait to get stuck into.

    Peter Moores, England head coach

    Moores' disappointing first stint was between 2007 and 2009, during which he endured a difficult relationship with then-captain Kevin Pietersen.

    Pietersen's retirement from international cricket paved the way for Moores' return.

    "I am very excited about the prospect of returning to a role I have done before and to building a strong relationship with Alastair Cook and the rest of the players and staff,'' Moores said.

    "In any time of change there comes opportunity and this is one I can't wait to get stuck into.''

    Moores said his spell at Lancashire helped him become a better coach and is confident he learned from his mistakes.

    Since being England coach first time I've had five years at Lancashire. Coaches have to develop and I think I've done that, and I'm looking forward to bringing that back here,'' he said.

    Moores was chosen ahead of current one-day coach Ashley Giles and three other candidates.

    Ashley Giles overlooked

    Giles, the Ashes-winning spinner, was favourite to land the position but below-par performances at the World Twenty20 sealed his fate.

    "I would like to thank all the other candidates who made up what was an extremely impressive shortlist and in particular I would like to acknowledge the work of Ashley Giles, who has made a major contribution to cricket in England and Wales,'' said Paul Downton, the managing director of England Cricket.

    The new coach's first match in charge will be a one-day international against Scotland in Aberdeen on May 9, before England hosts Sri Lanka and India.

     

     

    SOURCE: AP


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