Farbrace takes over as Moores is sacked


After a day of speculation, the ECB have confirmed that Peter Moores has been sacked as England head coach, just minutes after confirming that Andrew Strauss is the new director of cricket.

Moores was in the job for little over a year, but failed to turn the squad into a successful one, and on top of the Ashes whitewash, the World Cup failure and poor tour of the West Indies was the final straw.

The ECB press release said: "The move follows private conversations with Tom Harrison, Chief Executive of the ECB, and the new Director of England Cricket Andrew Strauss."

Confirming the move, Tom Harrison said: "Peter is a man of great integrity and has offered a huge amount to England cricket.

"He is admired by the players, his colleagues at the ECB and right across the game and deserves both our deep thanks and the widest recognition for his commitment and contribution.

"The last year has been a period of transition and rebuilding in which Peter has nurtured new talent, developed new players and laid the foundations for the new coaching structure to build on.

"This decision has been made as we focus on the future and our need to build the right approach and deliver success over the next five years within a new performance structure."

Moores said on Saturday: "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.

"I believe time will show that I have been instrumental in the identification and development of a new group of England players who will go on and bring honour and success to the England badge. I am a passionate Englishman who believes in hard work and an investment in the right people will bring its rewards."

He continued: "My record in developing players stands for itself and though we have had some frustrations along the way I am confident that this team will go on and bring the success the supporters desperately want to see.

"I knew when I took on the role that this was going to be a tough period for English cricket and I would need time and support to get new players through. My frustration is not being given that time.

"To the players I want to say thanks for your support and commitment and I will be gutted not to work with every single one of you going forward. I wish you all the very best for the future."

England Assistant Coach Paul Farbrace will take charge of the England team for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand.