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Bell excited by Moores

Ian Bell believes there is excitement surrounding England again after Peter Moores was confirmed as head coach.

Moores, 51, whose previous stint in the job ended in controversial circumstances in 2009, has been charged with restoring a faltering team that was whitewashed in Australia and has lost several of its most experienced players.

England captain Alastair Cook, who was described along with Moores as "the future of English cricket" in their first joint press conference on Saturday, said there are a number of places in the team up for grabs ahead of summer Test series against Sri Lanka and India.

And top-order batsman Bell, who has hit the county season running with Warwickshire, scoring a century last week, said: "I saw the press conference with Cooky and Pete - it's an exciting time.

"They're now going to have some time now to get their heads together and it's exciting now that we know who the head coach is.

"English cricket can start planning and moving forward again."

Moores was previously made England head coach in 2007 but was sacked after a public fall-out with then captain Kevin Pietersen.

Pietersen's England career is now over, while Graeme Swann has retired and Jonathan Trott is out with a recurrence of stress-related illness.

Moores restored his reputation in a successful five-year spell as head coach of Lancashire, winning the County Championship in 2011 and the Division Two title last year.

After losing their boss, Lancashire captain Glen Chapple said: "Everyone is delighted for him. He's done a fantastic job with us for five years and we are really excited about his future."