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England Appoint Peter Moores As Head Coach

Peter Moores
Peter Moores is ready for a second crack at the England job
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England have appointed Peter Moores as their new Head Coach, ending their search for a successor to Andy Flower.

It is the second time that Moores, the ex-Sussex and Lancashire head coach, has been given England's top job after coaching the team between 2007 and 2009.

Moores takes over from Flower, who resigned following a disastrous winter for England which culminated in a 5-0 Ashes defeat in Australia.

Things did not improve much under limited overs coach Ashley Giles and England limped out of the group stage of the ICC World Twenty20, suffering a 45-run defeat to the Netherlands in their final game.

"Peter has a great reputation around the world as an outstanding coach and he will return to the role as England head coach with a great deal more experience and understanding of the challenges that the role presents," Paul Downton, Managing Director England Cricket, said.

"There is no doubt that he is the leading English coach of his generation and I believe that this is his time.
"His domestic credentials are beyond reproach having won the County Championship at Sussex and then repeating the feat at Lancashire, whose 2011 triumph was their first for 77 years.

"He was also the lead at the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough between 2005 and his appointment as England coach in 2007.
"In his time with England he gave Test debuts to Stuart Broad, Matt Prior and Graeme Swann as well as helping to further the international careers of players like the current England captain Alastair Cook and James Anderson.

"He also brought Andy Flower into the England set-up as well as influential individuals like Mushtaq Ahmed as spin bowling coach.
"I was hugely impressed by his vision for the future of the England team and I am looking forward to working with him in the years to come.
"I  would personally like to thank Ashley Giles for the job he did with the limited overs squads in the last 18 months.

"It was a really difficult decision to make as we had an outstanding field but the panel were unanimous in the choice of Peter and I know that support will be echoed around the counties."

Moores added: "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."

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