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England appoint Peter Moores as head coach

London: Peter Moores has been appointed as the head coach of the England team, the country’s cricket board said on Saturday.

The 51-year-old succeeded Andy Flower, who stepped down after five years in charge following the 5-0 Ashes defeat in Australia in January, for his second stint in the position.

Moores led England from 2007-09 before being sacked following a public fall-out with leading batsman Kevin Pietersen whose international career was ended by the England and Wales Cricket Board after the recent series defeat in Australia.

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 Giles was favourite to get the England job but the team’s poor World Twenty20 campaign in Bangladesh last month, in which they failed to get past the group stage, looks to have counted against him.

Moores faces a major rebuilding job following the end of Pietersen’s international career, the retirement of experienced off-spinner Graeme Swann and the ongoing problems faced by batsman Jonathan Trott.