London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – England is expected to formally announce the appointment of Peter Moores as the new head coach of its cricket team.
The hiring completes Moores’ remarkable return to the job he left in January 2009 when he was sacked alongside captain Kevin Pietersen.
Sri Lanka coach Paul Farbrace will be named as his assistant, leaving Ashley Giles out of a job.
Moores and Farbrace will both appear at a Lord’s press conference alongside Paul Downton and Alastair Cook after leaving their current positions with immediate effect.
Moores edged Giles, Trevor Bayliss and two county coaches, Mick Newell and Mark Robinson, for the position.
He will be in charge of the side in all three formats of the game after the England and Wales Cricket Board decided to unite the jobs under one coach after the Ashes whitewash.
Reappointing Moores is a gamble by Downton, the managing director of the England team, and it is almost an unprecedented step in top level sport for a coach who has failed in a leading job to be given a second chance.
Moores lost the job with England due to poor results and doubts over whether his methods worked with international cricketers.
He has since rebuilt his career with Lancashire, leading them to a longed for championship title, but has no further experience at international level.
He inherits an England team influx with few senior players sure of their places in the team and a captain in Cook who is struggling to adapt to the pressures of the job.