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Peter Moores gets second England chance

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Moores gets another chance.©GettyImages)
Moores gets another chance.©GettyImages).

Peter Moores has been named as the man to lead English cricket forward.

After a long winter of discontent, which included a 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia and a humiliating 45-run defeat to the Netherlands in the World t20, Moores has been chosen as the man to turn around the national team's fortunes.

In a press conference at Lord's on Saturday, Moores was announced as England's head coach in all formats of cricket, as a replacement for Andy Flower.

Moores, 51, has held the position previously; between 2007 and 2009, his side completed back-to-back wins against New Zealand, but in the 2008/09 winter, the loss to India and a public feud with then-captain Kevin Pietersen saw Moores resign as head coach.

However, since then he has won the County Championship with Lancashire, got them relegated and then promoted, and won plaudits for his man management skills.

And he has beaten Ashley Giles, Trevor Bayliss, Mike Robinson and Mick Newell to the job, despite not having been the early favourite.

Giles, for two years England's limited-overs coach, had been the front-runner, having led the ODI side to the Champions Trophy final in 2013. However, the defeat to the Netherlands clearly worked against him, and he will be disappointed to miss out on the main role.

England's next match is a one-day game against Scotland on 9 May, which will be the first of Moores' second tenure.

That precedes a limited-overs and Test series against Sri Lanka, which starts with a Twenty20 match at The Oval on 20 May.

There will now be even more spotlight on England hopefuls such as James Taylor, Sam Robson and Gary Ballance in the coming weeks, as they look to impress Moores sufficiently with their county form to win a place in his first Test squad.

One man who will not be featuring is Kevin Pietersen, who, as mentioned, famously fell out with Moores in his first spell in charge.

Pietersen was told by the ECB in February that he was no longer part of their plans, and Moores will be hoping that some impressive results will leave 'KP' out of the spotlight during his tenure.

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