Ramprakash confirmation imminent


Published: Monday 3rd November 2014 by The News Editor

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The terms of Mark Ramprakash’s appointment as England batting coach have not yet been finalised, but confirmation is expected this week.

The 45-year-old has been widely reported to be Graham Gooch’s successor in the role but while Press Association Sport understands both Ramprakash and the England and Wales Cricket Board are in agreement, the fine details are still being worked through.

The former Middlesex and Surrey batsman emerged as the standout candidate when it became clear Graham Thorpe, who is highly valued at the ECB and previously worked as limited-overs batting coach under Ashley Giles, was reluctant to commit to England’s exhausting tour commitments.

The wait for Ramprakash’s job to be formally announced should be over within a matter of days but there is no rush, with his immediate duties already agreed.

He is currently working with squad members at the National Performance Centre Loughborough and had already accepted an offer to travel with the side for this month’s one-day international tour of Sri Lanka.

That trip was not dependent on current discussions, but will now mark his first series on head coach Peter Moores’ permanent backroom team.

As a player Ramprakash is renowned as one of the very best to have played domestic cricket in England, notching up 114 first-class centuries before his retirement at the age of 42.

But his international performances never carried the same authority, with just two centuries in his 52 Tests and a solitary 50 in 18 ODIs.

That record has not stopped him acquiring a strong reputation as a coach, where he is renowned for imparting the technical expertise he possessed in spades.

Ramprakash’s experiences also bring valuable insight of playing international cricket to a set-up that currently lacks it in Moores, his deputy Paul Farbrace and Australian bowling coach David Saker

Published: Monday 3rd November 2014 by The News Editor

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