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New England cricket head coach Peter Moores
New England cricket head coach Peter Moores
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Peter Moores made his Old Trafford exit after being confirmed for a second time as England cricket coach and declared: “It’s great to be back.”

Moores’ new tenure, at the age of 51, comes five years after his previous stint – which ended abruptly with his sacking and Kevin Pietersen being stood down as captain following a power struggle between the two.

Pietersen’s England career is now over, and England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Paul Downton made it abundantly clear once more that there will be no going back on that score.

Moores said: “I feel very excited, very proud to get this opportunity – it’s a great chance to work with England captain Alastair Cook, an outstanding player and person and try to build something.

“I’m very enthusiastic and want to get stuck into the challenge ahead.”

He also believes his experience at Lancashire – whom he helped, three years ago, to a first outright county championship title since 1934 – has made him a better coach.

“Since being England coach first time, I’ve had five years at Lancashire. Coaches have to develop, and I think I’ve done that,” he said.