London: Peter Moores lost his first tenure as England coach due to Kevin Pietersen but is determined that his old nemesis will not haunt his second term with the team, even from the sidelines.
“There won’t be another chance for Kev. He is past. He can have his say, but we want to put forward what’s happening with the England team, how they are playing, and portray that as more exciting — that the future is more exciting than the past,” said Moores on Friday.
Pietersen had his central contract with England terminated in February but it has not stopped him stirring up sentiment over his dismissal. When Moores was appointed Pietersen tweeted: “Everyone deserves a second chance,” while it was reported on Friday that he intends to watch the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s from a sponsor’s box.
“It’s something I can’t really control,” said Moores. “I hope we connect to the public so they see what we are trying to do.”
Moores owes his second chance to a winter of woeful results. A whitewash by Australia usually brings about dramatic change, as the departures of Pietersen, Andy Flower and now Graham Gooch prove, but if there is to be further change under the new head coach it is likely to in attitude and process than personnel.