Kevin Pietersen: Ashley Giles was ‘too close’ to coach England

Peter Moores was installed as England’s coach in April, after Flower relinquished the role following the team’s 5-0 drubbing by Australia in the 2013-14 Ashes series.

Giles, who was the stand-in head coach following Flower’s departure, stepped down from the English and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) selection panel after being overlooked for the full-time job.

Writing in his column for the Daily Telegraph , Pietersen claimed Giles had ‘nailed’ the job, only for the ECB to reject the former spinner due to his friendship with the South African-born batsman.

Pietersen, who had a falling out with Moores when they were captain and coach respectively in 2009, added the ECB should have given the coaching job to a fresh face.

“I felt really sorry for Ashley when he missed out on the England head coach job,” Pietersen wrote.

“I spoke to him after (Moores was appointed) and told him I thought he had it nailed. But sadly I think he was just too close to me for the England and Wales Cricket Board’s liking.

“That is the problem. He had spoken too positively about me in Australia for the ECB to give him the job. It is a shame for both sides.

“Instead they turned to Peter Moores. First and foremost I believe England should not have appointed someone who has done the job before. It was time for fresh ideas.

“But this time there is not a crop of senior players to resist his methods or with the personality to challenge him. They might say things behind his back but they will not take him on in front of others and that will give Peter a better chance of success.”

Pietersen added it ‘has been a relief’ not being involved in the England national team, since he was cut from the side in February.

The 33-year-old claimed he lost his love for cricket during the tour of Australia.

“I am at peace with everything. It took only a couple of conversations with my family to start thinking this way because of how much I really did not enjoy the (European) winter (in Australia),” Pietersen said.

“In fact, it has been a relief to be out of the dressing room because it was not a pleasant place in Australia. We were losing and in my opinion the environment was poor and I was not alone in thinking that. It is a view shared by a number of the players who have spoken their minds since coming back from the tour.”

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