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.
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.