Kevin Pietersen's hopes of a second England chance have been dealt another blow after coach Peter Moores appeared to rule out the possibility while he is in charge of the national team.

Incoming chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Colin Graves, last week suggested there was an avenue for the former Hampshire batsman to make an unlikely return should the 34-year-old play county cricket.

The ECB quickly sought to clarify Graves' comments insisting ''nothing has changed'' and that only players ''who are seen as a positive influence will be selected for England''.

Pietersen has nonetheless been enthused enough to seek out a new county, after he left Surrey last autumn, and has claimed he has had plenty of interest.

But when the prospect of a change in Pietersen's availability was put to Moores, who endured a fractious relationship with him when they were Test captain and coach in 2008, he offered a succinct dismissal.

''We're over here but it sounds like it was taken out of context,'' he said. ''The policy on the KP situation has been made pretty clear by Paul (Downton).''

ECB managing director Downton has spoken publicly on several occasions about Pietersen's apparent ''disengagement'' with his team-mates before he was axed in the aftermath of last winter's Ashes whitewash in Australia.