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Moores: 'Pietersen fell out with me, not vice versa'

Peter Moores, the reappointed coach of the England cricket team, has clarified his pivotal disagreement with batsman Kevin Pietersen, saying "I never fell out with Kevin, Kevin fell out with me".

Mr Moores stood down as coach in late 2012 after a very public falling out with Mr Pietersen, who had become a controversial member of the England team.

Mr Moores fills the role vacated by Andy Flower in January, who coached England through a 5-0 series Ashes whitewash loss in Australia over Christmas.

Read: Moores - 'Great to be back' as England cricket coach

Moores: 'Great to be back' as England cricket coach

The new coach of England's cricket team said "it's great to be back" at the helm after being formally reappointed by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Peter Moores has been reappointed as England's cricket coach
Peter Moores has been reappointed as England's cricket coach Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Mr Moores originally held the post from February 2009 to November 2012, but stepped down after a public falling out with batsman Kevin Pietersen.

Mr Moores replaces Andy Flower, who initially saw success in the Ashes against Australia, but crashed out to a whitewash 5-0 series loss over Christmas and stepped down as coach in January.

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Peter Moores 'set for return' as England head coach

Peter Moores is set for a dramatic return as England head coach and will be unveiled on Saturday morning, according to Press Association Sport.

Lancashire head coach Peter Moores. Credit: PA

Andy Flower's replacement will be announced by Paul Downton, managing director of England cricket, at Lord's and it is understood that Moores is the chosen candidate.

The 51-year-old Lancashire coach previously held the job between 2007 and 2009, but was dismissed after disappointing on-field results and a damaging personality clash with then captain Kevin Pietersen, who was also deposed.

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Hales stars as England's cricketers stun Sri Lanka

Alex Hales became the first England player to score a Twenty20 century as the cricket team claimed a remarkable six-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup.

Alex Hales won the match with a six in the final over. Credit: REUTERS/Philip Brown

The 25-year-old hit 116 from 64 balls as underdogs England fought back from 0-2 to chase down Sri Lanka's total of 189 with four balls to spare in Colombo.

The victory keeps alive England's hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals of the tournament.

Stokes to miss World Twenty20 after punching locker

England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the ICC World Twenty20 due to a hand injury. Credit: PA

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been ruled out of this month's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh with a fractured hand, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Friday.

Chris Woakes has been added to the 15-man squad to replace Stokes, who suffered the injury when he struck a locker in the dressing-room following his dismissal in the Twenty20 international against West Indies in Barbados on Thursday.

"I am really disappointed to be missing out on going to a World T20 with England - it was a huge error in judgement following a frustrating tour for me and I deeply regret my behaviour," Stokes said in an ECB statement.

"I would like to wish the team all the very best in Bangladesh."

Graeme Smith announces retirement

South Africa captain Graeme Smith
South Africa captain Graeme Smith is to retire from international cricket. Credit: PA

South Africa captain Graeme Smith has announced he will retire from international cricket at the end of the third test against Australia at Newlands.

"This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my life. It's a decision that I have been considering since my ankle surgery in April last year," Smith said in a statement released by Cricket South Africa on Monday.

Smith's retirement follows that of former team-mate Jacque Kallis - who decided to call it a day only three months ago.

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