London: Peter Moores was named England coach for the second time on Saturday as the cricket board continued its overhaul following the humiliating 5-0 Ashes rout in Australia at the start of the year.
The 51-year-old succeeds Zimbabwean Andy Flower who stepped down after five years in charge following the whitewash Down Under in January.
Moores coached England for two years from 2007 before he was sacked after a fall-out with leading batsman Kevin Pietersen whose international career was ended by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after this year’s Ashes defeat.
“It’s great to be back. I feel very proud to get this opportunity because I think it’s a great chance,” Moores told a news conference at Lord’s.
“To work with an outstanding player, person (captain Alastair Cook) and try to build something, it’s an opportunity and to be part of that opportunity I’m very excited and looking forward to the challenges ahead.
“No one has a right to the job at all,” he said. “You have to earn that right. 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.
“You learn from mistakes. You develop. I look back at last time and I’m proud of some of the things that happened. But you try and help players as a coach, you learn to help people in a better way. That’s something I’ve got better at over time and can hopefully bring that to the set-up.”
Moores laughed when told that Pietersen had tweeted: “Everyone deserves a second chance,” in response to the news and described the comment as a “good tweet”. Moores added: “The important point to make is I never fell out with Kevin, Kevin fell out with me.”
Moores, a journeyman player and a former coach of Sussex, took charge of Lancashire after leaving England and in 2011 led the club to the outright County Championship title for the first time in 77 years.
Former international spinner Ashley Giles, England’s one-day coach, was the favourite to get the number one job.
However, the team’s poor World Twenty20 campaign last month in Bangladesh, where they failed to get past the group stage, appears to have counted against him.
Moores faces a major rebuilding job following the end of Pietersen’s international career, the retirement of experienced off-spinner Graeme Swann and the stress-related problems faced by batsman Jonathan Trott who announced he was taking another break from the game on Friday.
Cook, though, said he was looking forward to England hosting the Test series against Sri Lanka and India later this year and also going to the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.
“It’s going to be small steps,” the captain added. “It’s going to take a little time to rebuild but we have got a huge amount of talent in this country and it’s a very exciting time to be an England player.”
ECB managing director Paul Downton, who was appointed in October, said Moores was a perfect fit for the role but did not give any details about the length of contract his new coach had signed. (Reuters)