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Peter Moores has been named England head coach once again after he was sacked from the same position just five years ago.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) managing director Paul Downton stated that Moores, Ashley Giles, Mick Newell, Mark Robinson and Trevor Bayliss were the five candidates shortlisted for the job.
Downton noted that Moores, who will be coaching England in all three formats, and captain Alastair Cook will be “the future of English cricket”.
“I think you’ve got to earn the right to have the job,” Moores said. “Since being England coach first time I’ve had five years at Lancashire, which I’ve loved – a great club and a great chance for me to reflect and move on and develop. I think I’ve managed to do that and I’m looking forward to bringing that back, working with Alastair over the coming months.
“I’d like to be involved with a team that’s connected to the public, that’s connected to the media, it’s open, it commits totally and it’s a team that everybody’s proud of…You do learn from your mistakes, you evolve. I’m proud of some of the things that happened last time as well.
“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. In any time of change there comes opportunity and this is one I can’t wait to get stuck into.”
Cook stated that it was a major relief to “finally get to a day where we’ve got a new coach and we can start planning for the future”.
Speaking about Moores’ appointment, Downton said: “In all honesty, I think it has just come slightly too early for Ashley. He’s been a coach since 2007 and you compare that to Peter, who has coached for 16 years. What I said to Ashley is that this is by no means the end, he and the other guys that applied for the job are the spine and backbone of English cricket coaches going forward. I’d be surprised if Ashley doesn’t come back and maybe in the future he will be England coach.”
ECB chief executive David Collier added: “Paul Downton conducted a thorough and far-reaching recruitment process. He has canvassed opinion worldwide resulting in the recommendation of Peter Moores. The board unanimously endorsed the recommendation and have every confidence in the choice of Peter. We wish him every success in the future. 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.”