Essex unsure over Graham Gooch's England future

Ian Bell and Graham Gooch
Bell (left) is one of numerous batsmen to have flourished under Gooch's coaching

Essex say a decision on whether Graham Gooch will leave the club to join England's coaching staff full-time will be made in a "couple of weeks".

Gooch shares coaching roles between Chelmsford and England, but reports suggest he is set for a permanent switch to the national set-up.

"We're not sure," Essex head coach Paul Grayson told BBC Essex.

"He's enjoying his time working with England and I know he enjoys working with Essex as well."

He added: "It's just getting the balance between whether he's going to continue working with us or he's going to commit full-time to England.

"But something will be sorted out I would have thought in the next couple of weeks."

Former Essex batsman Gooch is England's all-time highest Test run scorer, hitting 8,900 runs between 1975 and 1995.

He was appointed England batting coach for the 2009-10 Test series in South Africa and the national side's batsmen have excelled under his tutorship.

Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell have all hit double-hundreds for England since Gooch's arrival on the scene.

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