Moores back as England coach

Moores back as England coach

Peter Moores was named England head coach for a second time on Saturday as the country's cricket board continued their overhaul of the side humiliated 5-0 in the Ashes series by Australia.

The 51-year-old succeeded Zimbabwean Andy Flower, who stepped down after five years in charge following the Ashes whitewash Down Under in January.

Moores coached England for two years from 2007 before his exit following a public fall-out with leading batsman Kevin Pietersen, whose international career was ended by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after the Ashes loss.

"It's great to be back. I feel very excited, very proud to get this opportunity because I think it's a great chance," Moores told a news conference at Lord's.

"To work with an outstanding player, person (captain Alastair Cook) and try to build something, it's an opportunity and to be part of that opportunity I'm very excited and looking forward to the challenges ahead." Moores, a journeyman player and a former coach of Sussex, took charge at Lancashire after leaving England and in 2011 led them to the outright County Championship title for the first time in 77 years.

Former international spinner Ashley Giles, England's one-day coach, was favourite to get the job but the team's poor World Twenty20 campaign in Bangladesh last month, in which they failed to get past the group stage, appeared to have counted against him.