Ramprakash named batting coach

Published: Thursday 6th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash has been appointed as the national team’s new batting coach, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

Ramprakash, who began working with the team last May following the departure of Graham Gooch, has now been handed a full-time role.

The 45-year-old, who played 52 Tests and 18 one-day internationals as well as scoring 114 first-class centuries, will work with England across all formats of the game.

Ramprakash’s duties will begin immediately with his first major assignment the tour of Sri Lanka, starting later this month, where England are due to play seven ODIs in preparation for the 2015 World Cup.

Ramprakash said: “I am hugely excited to have been appointed England batting coach and am looking forward to building on the relationships I have established during the summer.

“I will draw on my 25 years of experience as a cricketer but also am open to learning all the time. I feel we have a very exciting group of players and am relishing the opportunity to continue working with them.”

Ramprakash scored only two Test centuries but was still one of the most prolific and technically-sound batsmen of his generation. His lengthy career, in which he made 461 first-class appearances, included spells at Middlesex and Surrey.

He retired as a player in 2012 and has since worked as a coach with the England Lions side.

Paul Downton, the managing director of England cricket, said: “I am delighted to have appointed Mark as England batting coach.

“During his time with both England Lions and the senior teams he has proved a valuable addition to the coaching group.

“Mark has formed excellent relationships with players and a strong partnership with (head coach) Peter Moores and the management team and I have no doubt he will continue to have a positive impact as we begin an exciting winter of cricket.”

Published: Thursday 6th November 2014 by The News Editor

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