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Moores returns to England post

Peter Moores has been given a second opportunity to coach England after his appointment was confirmed on Saturday morning.

The 51-year-old Lancashire coach previously held the job between 2007 and 2009 but was dismissed after disappointing on-field results and a damaging personality clash with then captain Kevin Pietersen, who was also deposed.

With Pietersen's international career now over, however controversially, the way was clear for Moores to return.

He succeeds Andy Flower, who stepped down after a disastrous Ashes series last winter, and replaces Ashley Giles as the man responsible for leading England in limited-overs competitions after it was decided that the head coach must have oversight of all three formats.

Moores said in a statement released by the England and Wales Cricket Board: "I am very excited about the prospect of returning to a role I have done before and to building a strong relationship with (captain) 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."

England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Paul Downton added: "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. 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 told a press conference at Lord's: "It's great to be back. I feel very excited, very proud to get this opportunity - it's a great chance to work with Alastair, an outstanding player and person and try to build something.

"There's an opportunity and to be part of that opportunity is very exciting. I'm very enthusiastic and want to get stuck into the challenge ahead."

Moores also feels his spell as Lancashire coach since last holding the England job has helped him immeasurably, and he is now in a better position to take charge of the national team.

"No one has a right to the job at all," he said. "You have to earn that right.

"Since being England coach first time I've had five years at Lancashire. Coaches have to develop and I think I've done that, and I'm looking forward to bringing that back here.

"You learn from mistakes. You develop. I look back at last time and I'm proud of some of the things that happened. But you try and help players as a coach, you learn to help people in a better way. That's something I've got better at over time and can hopefully bring that to the set-up."

Cook believes the arrival of Moores at the helm is something for the national team to feel very positive about.

"For me it's a very exciting time," said the captain.

"I've been in limbo over the last couple of months, since Andy Flower stepped down. To finally get to the day where we have a new coach, we can start planning for the future.

"It's going to be small steps and will take a bit of time to rebuild, but we have a huge amount of talent in the country and it's a really exciting time to be an England player.

"Test places are up for grabs, one-day places are up for grabs, we've got a new leadership group. To be part of that is an exciting time."

Moores laughed when informed that Pietersen had tweeted "Everyone deserves a 2nd chance!" earlier on Saturday morning, readily describing the comment as a "good tweet".

He also added: "The important point to make is I never fell out with Kevin, Kevin fell out with me. There's a noble difference."

Downton stepped in to field the question on Pietersen's future. He insisted there was no "smoking gun" incident that had prompted the decision to exclude him from the England set-up but reiterated what he said earlier this year that there was a need to change the "core values" of the team.

He said: "We came to the unanimous conclusion that if England were going to rebuild after a very disappointing 5-0 loss, then we had to make a decision.

"For the side to grow - and let's remember that we hadn't replaced (Andrew) Strauss, (Graeme) Swann had retired, (Jonathan) Trott had gone home and is still recovering now - that we had to invest in new players and build a new team with some key values.

"It was decided that would not happen with Kevin in the side, so we decided not to select him going forward.

"We had a strong side over 10 years with strong leadership and established captains and coaches, and that side could accommodate Kevin, but that balance has shifted now.

"A new side won't accommodate Kevin. It's about the balance of what is best for England."

Current Sri Lanka coach Paul Farbrace is expected to link up with Moores and England as a "senior assistant" imminently, but Downton would not confirm the 46-year-old as the man in the frame.

He added: "We are in advanced negotiations to appoint an assistant coach but, at this stage, with due respect to his current employers, we're not going to make an announcement on that. I hope we will be able to do so soon.

"Having tried the system where we split the roles - and everybody involved didn't think that worked - a senior assistant seemed to be the best way forward.

"Peter's spoken to the individual involved and we're very comfortable that if we can make that appointment it will work."