England news April 19, 2014

Moores' England return confirmed

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England go back to the future with Moores

Peter Moores has been confirmed as England's new head coach five years after he was sacked from the same position. He returns after being identified as the "outstanding coach of his generation" by Paul Downton, the ECB's managing director, during a three-month recruitment process to find Andy Flower's successor.

There was no immediate announcement on whether Paul Farbrace, currently under contract as coach of Sri Lanka, would come in as Moores' assistant, although Downton said the ECB was in "advanced negotiations" over the role. Moores' reappointment means that Ashley Giles, England's limited-overs coach since the start of 2013 and the early favourite to succeed Flower, is out of a job.

Downton said that the ECB had interviewed five candidates - Moores, Giles, Mick Newell, Mark Robinson and Trevor Bayliss - and that "one person stood out". He described Moores and Alastair Cook, England's Test and ODI captain who was present at the Lord's unveiling, as "the future of English cricket". Moores, who previously coached England between 2007 and 2009, once again begins his tenure in the aftermath of a 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia. "I think this is his time," Downton said.

Moores admitted it was "great to be back", expressing pride at being given another opportunity in the job. Since being removed from the England position, after a breakdown in his relationship with the captain at the time, Kevin Pietersen, Moores has rebuilt his reputation with Lancashire, guiding the county to their first Championship in 77 years in 2011.

"I think you've got to earn the right to have the job," Moores said, in response to being asked whether he deserved a second chance. "Since being England coach first time I've had five years at Lancashire, which I've loved - a great club and a great chance for me to reflect and move on and develop. I think I've managed to do that and I'm looking forward to bringing that back, working with Alastair over the coming months.

"I'd like to be involved with a team that's connected to the public, that's connected to the media, it's open, it commits totally and it's a team that everybody's proud of ... You do learn from your mistakes, you evolve. I'm proud of some of the things that happened last time as well."

Moores will take charge in all three formats on the recommendation of Flower, who stepped down after England's disastrous tour of Australia. Pietersen has also been discarded by England since then and there are few certainties about team selection for the summer. England suffered further humiliation at the World T20 in Bangladesh, where they lost to Netherlands, and Moores has a significant restoration job on his hands.

"I am very excited about the prospect of returning to a role I have done before and to building a strong relationship with Alastair Cook and the rest of the players and staff," Moores said. "In any time of change there comes opportunity and this is one I can't wait to get stuck into."

England's heavy workload and the experience of splitting the Test and limited-overs coaching roles between Flower and Giles seems to have persuaded the ECB to appoint a senior assistant who is able to step in and deputise for Moores. Robinson, who worked with Moores during their successful period at Sussex, had been tipped for the position but Farbrace is now the favoured candidate - despite SLC expressing its surprise and disappointment at the possibility of losing the man who has been Sri Lanka's coach for less than three months.

Moores' return, which became more likely after he publicly stated his interest in the job at the start of the month, completes a full-scale restructuring at the ECB, with Downton replacing Hugh Morris and James Whitaker becoming the new National Selector. Downton dismissed the idea that Pietersen's exclusion was in any way related to the appointment, underlining that it had been the "unanimous conclusion" of the England hierarchy after the disintegration of the Test team in Australia.

Cook said it was a relief to "finally get to a day where we've got a new coach and we can start planning for the future". He and Moores will begin to plot the way forward immediately, with less than three weeks until England's first ODI of the summer, before Test series against Sri Lanka and India. Moores also gave a hint that he may attempt to overhaul the pragmatic approach favoured by England under Flower by referring to the team playing "a style of cricket that's really worth watching".

Downton said the opportunity had come too early for Giles, who was brought in as part of a split coaching brief at the end of 2012. Giles, who rarely had a first-choice squad to work with, guided England to the final of the Champions Trophy but experienced defeat in seven limited-overs series before the disappointment of their World T20 campaign.

"In all honesty, I think it has just come slightly too early for Ashley," Downton said. "He's been a coach since 2007 and you compare that to Peter, who has coached for 16 years. What I said to Ashley is that this is by no means the end, he and the other guys that applied for the job are the spine and backbone of English cricket coaches going forward. I'd be surprised if Ashley doesn't come back and maybe in the future he will be England coach."

David Collier, the ECB's chief executive, added: "Paul Downton conducted a thorough and far-reaching recruitment process. He has canvassed opinion worldwide resulting in the recommendation of Peter Moores. The board unanimously endorsed the recommendation and have every confidence in the choice of Peter. We wish him every success in the future. I would like to thank all the other candidates who made up what was an extremely impressive shortlist and in particular I would like to acknowledge the work of Ashley Giles, who has made a major contribution to cricket in England and Wales."

The manner in which Moores' stint ended is what it is largely remembered for the rupture with Pietersen but he laid the foundations for several years of success under Flower and has continued to enhance his standing in the county game. Having led Sussex to the Championship title in 2003, Moores won his second pennant with Lancashire and although relegation followed a season later they were promoted straight back in 2013. Before discharging his duties with Lancashire, he will oversee their Division One fixture against Warwickshire, which begins at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick

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  • DesPlatt on April 20, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    Nutcutlet; in two years time, if players like Aga, Procter, Rees etc are successes, we can judge Moores as a success at Lancashire. I have done an in depth review of his time at Lancs on the Unofficial Lancs Forum ; unfortunately cannot post link as only members can read but it as been well received. Anyone who would like to receive it can e mail me at desplatt@yahoo.com. Ed Smith recently said that a coach's achievements are the sum of the individual improvements and we have very few proven players at Lancs. His supporters seem to be worried that Lancs will be relegated without him which suggests to me that he has left at best an unproven legacy. He deserved credit for the team spirit which won the championship but he took a stronger team down the following year where the team spirit dissipated and players went backwards. You would expect the best coach to have got something out of at least one of Saj, Shazad or Moore; talented fragile players but none seemed to learn a thing.

  • southstoke49 on April 20, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Thanks for the sympathy dungarbob,but at least your board seemed to allow Lehman to transform the team and properly manage players. I think with Downton and the current selectors, Moores, even if he is the best coach available, will be hampered by the system and players around him. This has unfortunately not been changed. This is possibly why no top coach like Kirston was interested. I am anticipating the first test v SL will include the same mediocre players that we have had for a while with the only changes being in the areas where players have been excluded or retired.

  • Nutcutlet on April 20, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    I think that Moores is lucky, but that's no reason to hold it against him. When he was given his marching orders after the Caribbean bust up with KP just five years ago, he can scarecely have imagined that he'd get a second shot, and with the additional assurance of the permanent removal of his erstwhile nemesis. Five years is a long time in a professional life, & Moores has kept his head down & moved Lancashire forward. A side without stars, Lancs is a solid & enterprising team, well led by the ageless Glenn Chapple. Everyone chips in and gets the job done, more times than not. In his quiet moments Moores wouldn't be human if he hadn't reflected on what went wrong between '07 & '09. Perhaps KP (esp. as capt.) did for him, but Moores would not have looked for convenient excuses; he has more about him than that. Now the wheel's turned its full circle. Lucky perhaps, but he's in the best position to take advantage of his 2nd shot. Luck is sometimes deserved. Let's wish him more of it!

  • dunger.bob on April 19, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    @ Land47: I agree with you that it's an exciting time for you guys. I said the exact same thing about my team when we dropped Mickey Arthur for Boof Lehman but I was ridiculed mercilessly for it. .. It's a new day, a fresh page etc etc for you. In that respect it is exciting. Anything can happen from here and the possibilities are boundless. Not that I expect any Englishman to accept advice from an Aussie, but I think you need to be a bit patient and not expect a sudden and dramatic turn-around in results from day one. It will take some time for the "new" England to evolve and will no doubt involve quite a bit of trial and error. As they say, today is the first day of the rest of your life. .. Good luck to you all.

  • ArthursAshes on April 19, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    The Pietersen Moores relationship is the one the media focus on, but Michael Vaughan had "issues" with him as well. So, two previous England Captains had personality clashes with him. Vaughan said that he as captain wanted control of the team, motivation and tactics, and apparently Moores is that type as well. Pietersen was probably the same. Cook is probably happy to not have control and be more of a yes man Captain off the field. I don't get the impression that Cook is a leader of men and if the Australian tour was anything to go by he couldn't motivate anyone. Cook, Downton and Moores, an age of England mediocrity is upon us.

  • Humbata on April 19, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Hi AlanHull. I'm interested in those 2 tickets but you'll have to pay me more than £5 each to take them !

  • John-Price on April 19, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    I hope it works out well, but I can't help but remember those awful press conferences he used to give, full of cliches and platitudes. I just hope he doesn't make the same mistakes again; we would much prefer some new mistakes.

  • southstoke49 on April 19, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    Even the ever optimistic Jonathan Agnew wrote about the paucity of those who put their CV's forward which does suggest the writing is on the wall. Why could not Downton come up with better candidates, after all he had 3 months-maybe he is disengaged!

    The additional problems that Moores has is that he will have to work with a very dysfunctional managing director (Downton) and selectors, while Cook does not seem to be really capable of captaincy. Even if Moores is able to coach a team I think the other factors will have more of an impact on the results than him. However I am sure he will be the one to carry the can.

  • on April 19, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    ECB is known to rob players from other countries, now they rob coaches. Living up to the expectation I guess. Brilliant!!!!

  • AnthonyNo1 on April 19, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    We have a weak team, weak captain and now we have a weak coach. This whole episode is just so depressing.

  • DesPlatt on April 20, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    Nutcutlet; in two years time, if players like Aga, Procter, Rees etc are successes, we can judge Moores as a success at Lancashire. I have done an in depth review of his time at Lancs on the Unofficial Lancs Forum ; unfortunately cannot post link as only members can read but it as been well received. Anyone who would like to receive it can e mail me at desplatt@yahoo.com. Ed Smith recently said that a coach's achievements are the sum of the individual improvements and we have very few proven players at Lancs. His supporters seem to be worried that Lancs will be relegated without him which suggests to me that he has left at best an unproven legacy. He deserved credit for the team spirit which won the championship but he took a stronger team down the following year where the team spirit dissipated and players went backwards. You would expect the best coach to have got something out of at least one of Saj, Shazad or Moore; talented fragile players but none seemed to learn a thing.

  • southstoke49 on April 20, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Thanks for the sympathy dungarbob,but at least your board seemed to allow Lehman to transform the team and properly manage players. I think with Downton and the current selectors, Moores, even if he is the best coach available, will be hampered by the system and players around him. This has unfortunately not been changed. This is possibly why no top coach like Kirston was interested. I am anticipating the first test v SL will include the same mediocre players that we have had for a while with the only changes being in the areas where players have been excluded or retired.

  • Nutcutlet on April 20, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    I think that Moores is lucky, but that's no reason to hold it against him. When he was given his marching orders after the Caribbean bust up with KP just five years ago, he can scarecely have imagined that he'd get a second shot, and with the additional assurance of the permanent removal of his erstwhile nemesis. Five years is a long time in a professional life, & Moores has kept his head down & moved Lancashire forward. A side without stars, Lancs is a solid & enterprising team, well led by the ageless Glenn Chapple. Everyone chips in and gets the job done, more times than not. In his quiet moments Moores wouldn't be human if he hadn't reflected on what went wrong between '07 & '09. Perhaps KP (esp. as capt.) did for him, but Moores would not have looked for convenient excuses; he has more about him than that. Now the wheel's turned its full circle. Lucky perhaps, but he's in the best position to take advantage of his 2nd shot. Luck is sometimes deserved. Let's wish him more of it!

  • dunger.bob on April 19, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    @ Land47: I agree with you that it's an exciting time for you guys. I said the exact same thing about my team when we dropped Mickey Arthur for Boof Lehman but I was ridiculed mercilessly for it. .. It's a new day, a fresh page etc etc for you. In that respect it is exciting. Anything can happen from here and the possibilities are boundless. Not that I expect any Englishman to accept advice from an Aussie, but I think you need to be a bit patient and not expect a sudden and dramatic turn-around in results from day one. It will take some time for the "new" England to evolve and will no doubt involve quite a bit of trial and error. As they say, today is the first day of the rest of your life. .. Good luck to you all.

  • ArthursAshes on April 19, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    The Pietersen Moores relationship is the one the media focus on, but Michael Vaughan had "issues" with him as well. So, two previous England Captains had personality clashes with him. Vaughan said that he as captain wanted control of the team, motivation and tactics, and apparently Moores is that type as well. Pietersen was probably the same. Cook is probably happy to not have control and be more of a yes man Captain off the field. I don't get the impression that Cook is a leader of men and if the Australian tour was anything to go by he couldn't motivate anyone. Cook, Downton and Moores, an age of England mediocrity is upon us.

  • Humbata on April 19, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Hi AlanHull. I'm interested in those 2 tickets but you'll have to pay me more than £5 each to take them !

  • John-Price on April 19, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    I hope it works out well, but I can't help but remember those awful press conferences he used to give, full of cliches and platitudes. I just hope he doesn't make the same mistakes again; we would much prefer some new mistakes.

  • southstoke49 on April 19, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    Even the ever optimistic Jonathan Agnew wrote about the paucity of those who put their CV's forward which does suggest the writing is on the wall. Why could not Downton come up with better candidates, after all he had 3 months-maybe he is disengaged!

    The additional problems that Moores has is that he will have to work with a very dysfunctional managing director (Downton) and selectors, while Cook does not seem to be really capable of captaincy. Even if Moores is able to coach a team I think the other factors will have more of an impact on the results than him. However I am sure he will be the one to carry the can.

  • on April 19, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    ECB is known to rob players from other countries, now they rob coaches. Living up to the expectation I guess. Brilliant!!!!

  • AnthonyNo1 on April 19, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    We have a weak team, weak captain and now we have a weak coach. This whole episode is just so depressing.

  • AlanHull on April 19, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    How depressing! I have two tickets for the Headingley Test if anyone wants them. £5 for both

  • on April 19, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    Great appointment by England, seeing the work Moores has done at Lancashire, winning the title despite having no right to with the team he had, a tricky relegation not helped by the awful weather we had all the time that season and bringing them back up, glad he's getting a chance again

  • on April 19, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Its hard on Giles he was never master of his fate with England, never able to pick the strongest line up but maybe its good to freshen up the coaching set up with a new team forming. Looking back at Moores he made a lot of decisions which now seem obvious which were not at the time. Prior for Wicketkeeper, Swann as the Spinner

    Dafffid - What has Cook done to remain captain, Last year he captained England to their first victory in India for 25 years and won an Ashes series. Plus who else is there? The vice captain was dropped in Aus. The T20 captain can't be certain of fitness

  • on April 19, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Why has Paul Downton brought back a coach who was sacked after a series of poor results and then senior players disagreeing with him? How has he improved in the intervening years? England needed a fresher and more relaxed approach butMMoores is pretty similar to Mickey Arthur who Australia soon discarded. A very strange appointment.

  • flowersintherain on April 19, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Very disappointing to see Paul Farbrace abandon his Sri Lanka commitment after only 3 months. Doesn't say much for him.

  • RednWhiteArmy on April 19, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    As a England supporter, i'll give Moores a chance to show what he can do. He will be judged on how much we stomp the aussies in England next year. KP is now officially gone & as good as he WAS, England need to make plans for the future, not for an abrasive & divisive 34 year old batsman.

  • Dafffid on April 19, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    He's an excellent coach and might be the right man for that job. Question is - is he a good selector? England have a long and hideous history of appalling selection, and if the head of the team isn't even allowed to pick his own captain then he starts the job in hand-cuffs. Not sure what Cook has done as captain to effectively be given tenure.

  • steve48 on April 19, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    @leehallam, agree with much of your post, including Moores' dignity when sacked, but please stop believing Moores only got sacked because of KP! As I said earlier, KP lost the captaincy and Flower, a man KP wanted rid of as batting coach, was promoted! Exactly how did KP get his way as a key player? Do you seriously think the ECB would have got rid of a coach they were happy with in order to force the player to resign as captain and bring in a head coach he didn't want anyway? Blame always gets laid at those brave enough to say what others are thinking. Hope Moores is ready this time, has earned another chance.

  • LeeHallam on April 19, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    I think the point about the players that he brought into the set up is the key to his return. He recommended Cook to Fletcher, brought back Anderson& Swann, launched the England careers of Broad and Prior. He showed himself open to older players with Sidebottom. He establish the set-up that Flower used to great effect, indeed he brought in Flower. It was Moores or Pietersen in 2009, the ECB chose the great player, his dignity after that has been remarkable. He deserves a second chance.

  • landl47 on April 19, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Now that the choice has been made, whether I or anyone else would have made a different selection doesn't matter. Let's wait and see how Moores performs before trying to decide whether it was a good or bad appointment.

    I believe this is an exciting time for English cricket. There are lots of good young players and Moores' job will be to select those who have the skills and the temperament for the England side. That will be a challenge, but his record shows that was the part of the job Moores was best at while he was in charge previously.

    If he can come up with another Graeme Swann, that would be a real coup!

  • ruester on April 19, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    How sad are England fans now? VERY!!!!!

  • ruester on April 19, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    I'm an England fan, but am thoroughly depressed at this appointment. ECB you refuse to pick our best batsman, you give a huge vote of confidence to Cook who has just captained England to its worst EVER ashes tour. Now they pick a coach who was pretty unpopular with players (not just KP) who they sacked five years ago. I hate to say it but I want England to lose so we can get rid of Cook because I feel he has angered England fans. By not been able to man manage KP and relying on the selectors to get rid of his problem. He has been made to look weak by the whole affair. I would say good luck to the likes of Robson, Root and Butler if they get their chance.

  • cloudmess on April 19, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    CodandChips - what was the "good" cricket England played under Moores last time? Flower took over English cricket when it was in an even worse state and within 2 years (same time period as Moores) had engineered Ashes victories home and away, a draw in SA, victory v Pakistan. England were about to go no 1 in test rankings. Oh, and a T20 world cup. Moores managed to beat NZ and WI.... and lost to everyone else. Perhaps Moores has undergone a personality transplant in the last 5 years but in sport I cannot recall one instance of a captain/coach having a second crack at the job and being better at it second time. Often they're worse. I would predict that in about 2 years time we'll be looking for another coach.

  • nursery_ender on April 19, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    Quote: Posted by robert1981 on (April 19, 2014, 11:03 GMT) Downton said that the ECB had interviewed five candidates - Moores, Giles, Mick Newell, Mark Robinson and Trevor Bayliss - and that "one person stood out". Sadly, Trevor Bayliss insisted on picking the best players available...so they moved onto the next in line...

    As Sir Alf Ramsey said to Jack Charlton in 1966 "I'm picking the best team, not the best players"

  • nursery_ender on April 19, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    How many chances do people really expect KP to be given? He had one after his falling out with Moores. He had another when he fell out with Strauss. Is it really surprising that Cook (it appears) has said 'enough is enough'. And that's beofre you take account of his fallings out with the management at Notts, Hampshire and before that in South Africa.

  • mrutty on April 19, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    Great point TimmyFromTimbuktu. The ECB are so happy to go back and give Moores another chance, but won't for KP even though they should since he's one of the best in the world. Why won't they - because the ECB don't want to admit they were wrong getting rid of KP.

  • robert1981 on April 19, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    Downton said that the ECB had interviewed five candidates - Moores, Giles, Mick Newell, Mark Robinson and Trevor Bayliss - and that "one person stood out".

    Sadly, Trevor Bayliss insisted on picking the best players available...so they moved onto the next in line...

  • steve48 on April 19, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    I get a little tired of the comments in lead articles about Moores losing the job because of KP. Yes, KP wanted him out, but are we really to believe the ECB did not actually agree? Particularly as they took the captaincy off KP anyway! Moores obviously was seen as not ready. KP wanted Flower out as batting coach, he got promoted! I hope that whatever shortcomings he had then are now improved, and that his county success can be replicated with England. I find Downton's hailing of Cook more disturbing than Moores' appointment to be honest. As a batsman, fine, but exactly why does that make him a good captain? Where is the evidence that he can improve tactically under pressure? Keep him on for the summer, fair enough in the absence of alternatives, but votes of confidence can be so bold that they have an adverse effect on the public they are made to. For example, Man Utd are keeping fairly quiet on David Moyes, better understanding fans' patience and intelligence!

  • on April 19, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    The outstanding coach of his generation? Have you had a look at Andy Flower's record Mr Downton? Even Duncan Fletcher's to boot? Maybe you meant best English coach of his generation as Fletcher and Flower are both Zimbabwean. Better to be honest and say this is your way of getting back at Pietersen - by appointing his dearest love as coach. Well, your loss. England's undoubted best batsman "of his generation" - Mr Pietersen himself - is doing just fine making a killing in the IPL. An odious individual for sure. But, one hell of a good player.

  • on April 19, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Excellent news. Moores was badly treated last time. KP basically forced him out of the job - player power gone mad - now he's back with a chance to prove himself. Notice that a lot of comments from none English supporters still harping on about KP like there is going to be some change. There isn't - he's gone - for good, and it's one of the better things English cricket has decided to do in a long while.

  • carks on April 19, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Hmmm.... Poor decision, this is a retrograde step,, you cant go back

    It would have been better to choose someone with more progressive ideas, an from outside england.

    Moores sounds like more of the same

  • CodandChips on April 19, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    What will be interesting is the ODI side picked. With no domestic white-ball cricket before the Scotland game, and everybody's focus on the test side, I really hope England select well. After all there's a world cup in a few months. Will Moores stick with the same method or go for a more attacking approach? With Michael Lumb and Chris Jordan get goes after impressive ODIs in West Indies? Will James Taylor finally get a game? Or will we see the usual suspects?

    I'd like to see something like: 1.Lumb 2.Hales 3.Taylor 4.Morgan 5.Buttler 6.Ali 7.A seam-bowling allrounder- Napier perhaps? would probably have to be Bopara 8.Broad 9.Jordan 10.Tredwell 11.Anderson

    Hopefully the T20I side will get a good shake-up. Especially the bowling.

  • CodandChips on April 19, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    I actually think it's a good decision.

    He is experienced in county level and has had some experience at international level. Yes he has made some mistakes, but I see them as a good thing because he can learn from them. England played some good (and some poor) cricket under Moores, but you have to consider the state English cricket was in when he took over last time.

    As for Giles, the ODI team won just 2 series and lost the number 1 spot in the rankings. Yes he didn't aways have access to the players he wanted, but his record was still pretty miserable.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on April 19, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    In the spirit of reappointment and reintegration (and high farce) what are the odds of Peter Moores requesting the same for KP?

  • on April 19, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    This really helps Lancs, NOT. One game in & our coach moves on. Should have been done before season started, most decent coaches in employment now. Looks like Chapple best bet. Not the King of Spain hopefully

    kippaxprint@yahoo.co.uk

  • on April 19, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    What a silly choice. England cricket is going down

  • Dunross on April 19, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    boring england returns. no more kp... ecb.. what are you thinking?..we are going to block the opposition out of the match.

  • on April 19, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Giles has been harshly treated...nd KP you cant think of a comeback now.....England cricket going back too quickly

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  • on April 19, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Giles has been harshly treated...nd KP you cant think of a comeback now.....England cricket going back too quickly

  • Dunross on April 19, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    boring england returns. no more kp... ecb.. what are you thinking?..we are going to block the opposition out of the match.

  • on April 19, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    What a silly choice. England cricket is going down

  • on April 19, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    This really helps Lancs, NOT. One game in & our coach moves on. Should have been done before season started, most decent coaches in employment now. Looks like Chapple best bet. Not the King of Spain hopefully

    kippaxprint@yahoo.co.uk

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on April 19, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    In the spirit of reappointment and reintegration (and high farce) what are the odds of Peter Moores requesting the same for KP?

  • CodandChips on April 19, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    I actually think it's a good decision.

    He is experienced in county level and has had some experience at international level. Yes he has made some mistakes, but I see them as a good thing because he can learn from them. England played some good (and some poor) cricket under Moores, but you have to consider the state English cricket was in when he took over last time.

    As for Giles, the ODI team won just 2 series and lost the number 1 spot in the rankings. Yes he didn't aways have access to the players he wanted, but his record was still pretty miserable.

  • CodandChips on April 19, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    What will be interesting is the ODI side picked. With no domestic white-ball cricket before the Scotland game, and everybody's focus on the test side, I really hope England select well. After all there's a world cup in a few months. Will Moores stick with the same method or go for a more attacking approach? With Michael Lumb and Chris Jordan get goes after impressive ODIs in West Indies? Will James Taylor finally get a game? Or will we see the usual suspects?

    I'd like to see something like: 1.Lumb 2.Hales 3.Taylor 4.Morgan 5.Buttler 6.Ali 7.A seam-bowling allrounder- Napier perhaps? would probably have to be Bopara 8.Broad 9.Jordan 10.Tredwell 11.Anderson

    Hopefully the T20I side will get a good shake-up. Especially the bowling.

  • carks on April 19, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Hmmm.... Poor decision, this is a retrograde step,, you cant go back

    It would have been better to choose someone with more progressive ideas, an from outside england.

    Moores sounds like more of the same

  • on April 19, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Excellent news. Moores was badly treated last time. KP basically forced him out of the job - player power gone mad - now he's back with a chance to prove himself. Notice that a lot of comments from none English supporters still harping on about KP like there is going to be some change. There isn't - he's gone - for good, and it's one of the better things English cricket has decided to do in a long while.

  • on April 19, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    The outstanding coach of his generation? Have you had a look at Andy Flower's record Mr Downton? Even Duncan Fletcher's to boot? Maybe you meant best English coach of his generation as Fletcher and Flower are both Zimbabwean. Better to be honest and say this is your way of getting back at Pietersen - by appointing his dearest love as coach. Well, your loss. England's undoubted best batsman "of his generation" - Mr Pietersen himself - is doing just fine making a killing in the IPL. An odious individual for sure. But, one hell of a good player.