Kevin Pietersen is not to be blamed for fall-out - England head coach Peter Moores
Last Updated: 19/04/14 10:18pm
Peter Moores has been announced as the new England cricket coach at a press conference at Lords
England's new head coach Peter Moores has insisted he does not blame Kevin Pietersen over their rift in 2009.
Moores was officially handed back the reins on Saturday five years after being forced out of the England set-up for a spat with the star batsman which also cost Pietersen the captaincy.
Pietersen, now focusing on T20 cricket around the world and playing for Surrey after his international career was terminated following the miserable winter Ashes series, tweeted on Saturday morning: "Everyone deserves a 2nd chance!"
Moores described it as a "good tweet" and was keen to play down the events surrounding his first spell in charge of England, while ECB managing director Paul Downton said the team were now determined to move on and that Pietersen was not part of the team's plans.
Despite the ugly nature of his exit first time round, the 51-year-old Moores, who leaves his Lancashire post, said: "The important point to make is I never fell out with Kevin, Kevin fell out with me. There's a noble difference.
"But I don't have any blame at all - I moved on quickly. I went on to coach a great club at Lancashire. That's a strength of mine to look forward and not look back. I'm looking forward now to what will be a very exciting time."
The bosses of English cricket have been reluctant to reveal details on the specific reasons for off-loading Pietersen for what was overall a torrid team effort in Australia four months ago, but Downton elaborated a little on why the decision was made.
"I arrived in Sydney (the venue for the fifth and final Ashes Test) on 31st December, and it was clear that there were two issues: Andy Flower's future and what we were going to do about Kevin," said former England wicketkeeper Downton, who was appointed by the ECB last October.
"I watched every ball of that Sydney Test match and I've never seen anybody so disengaged from what was going on.
"The issue was that you had a senior player that had got disconnected with the team. I spent two to three weeks speaking to all the coaches on that (Ashes) trip, to senior players, and there was a unanimous conclusion. After a very disappointing 5-0 loss we had to make a decision.
"There are a lot of people who want to see Pietersen. He puts bums on seats and it will be a bit boring without Kevin"
"We had to rebuild, not for three months, but for two to three years. We had to invest in new players, build a new team with core values and we decided that wouldn't happen with Kevin.
"The sooner we understand that Kevin has had his time, the better.
"We are moving on without him. We sat down, talked through it over a number of hours - and he was the one, in the end, who wanted to terminate his contract.
"We came to an agreement to do that. He is free to play wherever he wants around the world, but the sooner we can focus on young players coming through the more everyone will enjoy it.
"We had 10 years of Kevin scoring very well. We had a strong side and strong leadership and that side could accommodate Kevin but that balance shifted. We have to invest in new younger players and a new side won't accommodate Kevin. It's all about the balance and what is best for English cricket.
"Peter is now the future of England and that's very exciting and I don't see any intention of going back.
"If you are looking for a smoking gun (over the decision to axe Pietersen), there are no specific issues.
"During 10 years we had a strong side, strong leadership in terms of established captains and coaches, and that side could accommodate Kevin.
"That balance has shifted. We have to invest in new players and a new side won't accommodate Kevin. It's as simple as that. It's about... what is best for English cricket."