Ex-England coach Moores is to carry on at Trent Bridge

STAYING AT TRENT BRIDGE -- former England head coach Peter Moores, who has signed a two-year deal with Nottinghamshire CCC.
STAYING AT TRENT BRIDGE -- former England head coach Peter Moores, who has signed a two-year deal with Nottinghamshire CCC.

Former England head coach Peter Moores is to carry on as consultant to Nottinghamshire CCC after helping to inspire a dramatic upturn in results at Trent Bridge.

The 52-year-old Moores has signed a two-year contract to continue the successful spell he took up with the club in July.

At the time, Notts were bottom of the LV=County Championship, First Division table and in danger of relegation. But they ended up finishing third and also reached the semi-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup, suffering an agonisingly narrow defeat to Surrey. In 20 completed matches after Moores joined director cricket Mick Newell’s staff, Notts won 14, drew two and lost only four.

Newell said: “Bringing Peter to the club, alongside the emergence of our young bowlers and Chris Read’s return from injury, helped turn the second half of our season around,.

“He brought enthusiasm and energy to the role, as well as a lot of experience that our players and coaches really benefited from.

“It was originally a short-term appointment but, with Peter very much enjoying being a part of things, we had the opportunity to make it more permanent, which is terrific for us.

“He’ll continue to work alongside the existing coaches -- something that has worked well in 2015 -- and hopefully he can help us enjoy a successful next couple of seasons.”

Moores, a former wicketkeeper with Sussex and Worcestershire, in 2007 and 2014, but both ended in acrimony -- the first after a public fallout with Kevin captain Pietersen and the second after a disastrous exit from the 2015 World Cup.

As well as his international experience, Moores has won the County Championship on two occasions, as coach with Sussex in 2003 and then with Lancashire in 2011. He was also the England and Wales Cricket Board’s national academy director for a two-year period starting in April 2005.

He said: “Working as coaching consultant at Trent Bridge has been a fantastic fit for me, giving me the freedom to work closely with both the players and coaches on a day-to-day basis.

“The role gives me the opportunity to do specific one-to-one work with the players to support them to be at the top of their game throughout the season.

“The goal for all players is to play internationally, and it’s great to see so many of the Notts players involved with England squads this winter.

“Our performances in the second half of last season showed the potential of the group and if we can build on that next season, we will put ourselves in a position to enjoy some success.”

Such was the extent of the Notts revival that they only missed out on the coveted runners-up spot in the County Championship, behind runaway champions Yorkshire, after a surprise defeat in their last match of the season. They will be among the favourites to be challenging in 2016.