Peter Moores has expressed an interest in the vacant England job, despite his sacking from the post just five years ago.
The ECB have confirmed that the Lancashire coach is one of several candidate being looked at, and he has promised better endeavours should he be offered a second chance.
While Moores has admitted to making “mistakes” in his first stint, it would appear England may be willing to overlook them. His time in charge – much like Andy Flower’s – was marred by feuds with many of England’s top players.
On top of a fall-out with a certain Kevin Pietersen (seemingly a must for any England coach), he was accused of not being fit for such a prestigious job, as he continued to use county training methods when approaching vital Tests.
KP proved too strong a character for Moores, but now the South African-born batsman has been dragged kicking and screaming away from the England camp, one of his most difficult obstacles has been removed.
Michael Vaughan, Matthew Hoggard, and Marcus Trescothick also counted amongst his enemies then, but England’s current crop may be more open to a man who has learnt a considerable amount in his time back in the domestic game.
What is more, this experience puts the former Sussex and Worcestershire wicket-keeper in a stronger position than those such as Tom Moody, who would be less familiar with the English game.
He will be well-positioned to introduce young talent now that Pietersen and Graeme Swann are out of the international picture, and can improve upon the bizarre and often, seemingly random selections made by Flowers.
It would appear Moores has now overtaken Ashley Giles as a candidate, particularly after the latter was slammed by Michael Carberry for his poor man-management during the Ashes. England’s woeful performances in the T20 World Cup – in which they were knocked out by the Netherlands – may well have been the final straw for Giles’ chances.
Promotion to Division One with Lancashire last season has done much to restore Moores’ damaged credibility, and if he is successful in his upcoming interview, he would take over both Flowers’ vacant post and Giles’ limited overs position.
Whoever takes the job will walk into a dressing room of disarray, and it is vital they have the full backing of the players. Replacing Duncan Fletcher was admittedly a tough ask, but there is now a feeling within the ECB that the only way is up after a dismal six months.
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