England coach Peter Moores sacked; Andrew Strauss appointed director

London: Peter Moores has been sacked as England coach in a reordering of command at the England and Wales Cricket Board which has also seen Andrew Strauss confirmed as the new director of cricket.

Both moves were widely anticipated, and confirmed in successive ECB statements on Saturday -- the first concerning Strauss and second Moores.

Peter Moores
Peter Moores

The latter has therefore lost the same position twice, having previously held it between 2007 and 2009 and this time for barely a year since his reappointment in the aftermath of England’s 2013-14 Ashes whitewash defeat.
Farbrace takes charge

The statements read: "The ECB confirms that Peter Moores has left his role as England head coach today."
England assistant coach Paul Farbrace will take charge of the team for the impending Test series at home to New Zealand.

Moores, whose teams in all formats have lost 23 of their 42 fixtures in his second tenure, has spoken of his disappointment at once again losing his job -- and "frustration" at "not being given that time" to see his plans to fruition with a developing group of players.

Andrew Strauss
Andrew Strauss

He said: "At the moment it’s difficult to put into words how I feel, except to say how disappointed I am in the way my term as England coach has ended. I will walk away knowing I’ve given my all to the role and always put the team at the front of any decision-making."

Moores departs following "private conversations", as described in the ECB statement, with chief executive Tom Harrison and Strauss.

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