England news April 4, 2014

Moores 'excited' at England prospect

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Moores admits he's in England race

The former England coach Peter Moores has publicly stated his desire to return to the role as the ECB prepare to start interviews for the new head coach to permanently replace Andy Flower.

Mick Newell, the Nottinghamshire director of cricket, has also talked of his interest in the position. It is believed there is a shortlist of five candidates, including the current limited-overs coach Ashley Giles along with Mark Robinson of Sussex and the one overseas option in Trevor Bayliss.

Moores' previous spell as England's coach came from 2007, when he replaced Duncan Fletcher, until early 2009, when he was sacked at the same time as Kevin Pietersen was stripped of the captaincy. Although remembered for how his spell ended, Moores did identify and mould a number of players who became key to England's success between 2009 and 2013 including Matt Prior, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann, plus brought James Anderson back into the fold.

Since losing his England job Moores has reestablished his credentials at Lancashire, which included leading them to the Championship in 2011. It would be a remarkable comeback if Moores was to earn a second spell in charge of England but there is growing momentum behind his chances, particularly since England's early exit at the World T20 under Giles.

"I'm in the process so I suppose it depends what happens - I'm very conscious that I'm in a job now that I've loved and I still love," Moores said. "There's an excitement to have another go at it, and a frustration at the last time because in some ways you always have a vision when you're doing any job of where you want to go.

"There's a draw to go back and work in that environment because you're working with great players and it's a very exciting place to work. It's obviously an interesting time at the moment. It has been a tough winter and it would be an interesting challenge if it came along.''

Newell, meanwhile, believes his record at Nottinghamshire over the last 12 years shows he would be able to handle an international role.

"I want to bring an atmosphere of relaxed professionalism into the dressing room,'' he told Sky Sports News. "I think that is what I have done here for the past 12 years. I'm used to building and rebuilding teams. That's what I've had to do over the past 12 years - changing players and changing staff and I've got an awful lot of experience to bring.

"That's what I hope to put on offer. It has been a very difficult winter. Nobody is going to say it has been a great winter for English cricket, but just think back six or eight months when we won the Ashes 3-0 and we were playing some really good cricket.

"I believe that the talent is there and the player potential is definitely there. It just needs the new coach to put a few things right and I'm sure that'll be done.''

Bayliss, the former Sri Lanka, also put his interest on the record earlier this week.

"I am interested in hearing more about the job," he said. "I am happy doing the jobs I have got at the moment but when it comes to a position like that I would be silly not to find out what they have to say and [I'm] finding out a bit more about it."

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