London: Peter Moores, who was sacked as England head coach after a falling out with Kevin Pietersen, confirmed on Friday that he would be interested in reprising the role he left in 2009.
“I’m part of the process to identify the next coach — I’m in that and see where that takes me,” Moores, who is the current coach of county side Lancashire, told Sky Sports.
“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.” Moores made a promising start to his reign as coach after taking over from Duncan Fletcher in 2007 with a 3-0 test victory over West Indies, but inconsistent results soon followed.
England lost their first home series in six years to India, and after another home defeat to South Africa in 2008 Moores’ position came under increasing scrutiny.
With results on the slide and his relationship with then captain Pietersen at breaking point, Moores was dismissed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after two years.
“When I came out of that job, I look back and think of areas I could have done better. It would be nice to go back and learn from the experiences I had first time,” he said.
After a woeful 5-0 Ashes defeat by Australia and the subsequent resignation of coach Andy Flower, England’s poor form has dragged on under the guidance of limited overs coach Ashley Giles.
England were knocked out of the Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh at the super 10 stage, suffering the humiliation of defeat by the Netherlands.
But Moores, who is reported to be on a four-man shortlist to replace Flower along with Giles, former Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss and Nottinghamshire’s director of cricket Mick Newell, is excited by the prospect of leading England into a new era.
“It’s been a tough winter and it would be an interesting challenge if it came along,” added the 51-year-old who won eight, lost six and drew eight of the 22 test matches he was in charge of England for.
“It’s the start of a new cycle, which is exciting and whoever is in the post will have to assess what the next steps are.”
Meanwhile, former England star Kevin Pietersen was on Friday confirmed for the Lord’s bicentenary celebration match between the MCC and the Rest of the World at the famous London ground on July 5.
The announcement comes after he was drafted by the St Lucia Zouks to take part in this year’s Caribbean Premier League, and the 33-year-old will turn out for the Rest of the World XI alongside captain Shane Warne and Sri Lanka spin star Muttiah Muralitharan.
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee will play for the MCC, who will be led by India legend Sachin Tendulkar and will also call upon Rahul Dravid and Paul Collingwood.
Pietersen said: “I was very pleased to be asked to be involved in this game and the chance to share the Lord’s pitch with some of the best players in the world is one I was delighted to accept.
“Playing at Lord’s is always very special and I’m looking forward to celebrating the 200th anniversary of what is a fantastic ground.”
Pietersen, who scored 1,520 runs in 26 international matches at Lord’s, was sensationally axed by England in the aftermath of their 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia.
But England’s record run scorer will play county cricket for Surrey this season and has already agreed to captain the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.
And on Thursday he was chosen by the St Lucia Zouks for this year’s Caribbean Premier League at the draft in Kingston, Jamaica.
Pietersen will be joined in the T20 competition by the likes of Adam Voges of Australia and Imran Nazir of Pakistan.
“I’m delighted to have signed for St. Lucia Zouks and I’m excited to play in the CPL,” said Pietersen, whose team will be coached by another ex-England batsman in Matthew Maynard and captained by Darren Sammy of the West Indies.
“The Caribbean is one of my favourite places to play because it’s a very entertaining, relaxing, enjoyable environment and that’s the kind of environment I think I perform best in.”
In the inaugural CPL last year, played over July and August between six teams, Chris Gayle’s Jamaica Tallawahs were crowned champions.