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KP appears to welcome Moores

Kevin Pietersen appeared to give his backing to England's decision to grant Peter Moores a second chance as their head coach.

Moores was named on Saturday morning as the successor to Andy Flower, who stood down as team director following England's dismal winter tour of Australia.

Moores was also Flower's predecessor, having lost his job in 2009 at the behest of then-captain Pietersen - who was also forced to step down as a result.

The Surrey batsmen's international career was ended by the England and Wales Cricket Board this February after the hugely disappointing Ashes series Down Under, and he wrote on Twitter on Saturday: "Everyone deserves a 2nd chance!" followed by a string of emoticons. It was a comment which could equally relate to Moores, his own situation, or indeed both.

Moores described it as "a good tweet" when asked about it at his press conference at Lord's on Saturday morning.

Pietersen's cheerleader-in-chief, broadcaster Piers Morgan, had already pre-empted the appointment with a predictable anti-Moores salvo on Friday.

"So Peter Moores, who was useless first time as England coach, is to be re-appointed. Another @ECB-cricket triumph! £ECBClowns," he wrote on his Twitter feed.

"ECB clearly had Moores lined up all along, hence @KP24 culling. So they sacrificed our best player for a coach who failed last time."

Former England captains Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain backed the return of Moores to the top job.

Vaughan tweeted: "Timing is everything...A younger set of players with different requirements.. Perfect time for Peter Moores IMO (in my opinion)..."

Hussain told Sky Sports News: "I was pleased they selected Peter Moores.

"He has a good record as a coach, albeit at county cricket level. It did not go quite as he would have liked as an international coach, but I do think that he deserves a second chance.

"I think he has a bit of unfinished business. A coach is only really as good as his players and I think the focus should be more on players and the captain.

"I think Peter was very dignified with the way he moved on after he was sacked. He did not criticise anyone, he just got his head down with his Lancashire job and did brilliantly at Lancashire in regrouping that team and that county. That is what England need right now."

ECB managing director Paul Downton would not identify Moores' prospective assistant "out of respect to his current employers".

Sri Lanka's English coach Paul Farbrace has been widely tipped for the post and Vaughan added: "I do think @Farby75 will prove to be a outstanding appointment..."

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew sees Moores as the right man to unite a struggling England team.

Following the Ashes whitewash and the nightmare limited-overs series that followed, England crashed out of the World Twenty20 in a Super 10 group campaign which concluded with a grim 45-run defeat to Holland.

Those performances surely cost limited-overs coach Ashley Giles his shot at the job - now reunified to take in all three formats - and Agnew sees Moores as a perfect alternative.

"Things are so delicate around the England camp," he wrote. "At least Peter Moores knows how the system works.

"He hasn't played international cricket himself and that was an issue as far as Kevin Pietersen was concerned (in 2009).

"But Pietersen isn't there any more and it's a very different England set-up now - new players are coming in and having to work very hard to get over what has happened this winter."