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Ramprakash joins England setup

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HIRED: Mark Ramprakash will take on the role of batting coach.

HIRED: Mark Ramprakash will take on the role of batting coach.

The England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed that former middle-order batsman, Mark Ramprakash, will take on the roll of batting coach with immediate effect.

The 45-year-old, who played 52 tests between 1991 and 2002, replaced his former international team mate Graham Gooch who stepped down from the role in May.

Ramprakash averaged a modest 27.32 in tests but enjoyed a prolific career at county level with Middlesex and Surrey, scoring 114 first-class centuries.

“I will draw on my 25 years of experience as a cricketer but also am open to learning all the time,” Ramprakash said.

“I feel we have a very exciting group of players and am relishing the opportunity to continue working with them.”

Gooch was axed from the role by England captain Alistair Cook in what he described as an ‘incredibly tough’ decision.

Gooch, who began coaching the side in 2009, said he accepted the change at the time adding: “Alastair informed me that he was in favour of change.

“Although this was sad news, I respect his, and new coach Peter Moores', right to implement this change of direction.”

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