England: Mark Ramprakash appointed batting coach

Mark Ramprakash with Alistair Cook
Ramprakash played 52 Tests and 18 one-day internationals for England

Former Middlesex and England batsman Mark Ramprakash has been confirmed as the new England batting coach.

The 45-year-old, who retired in 2012, will work across all three formats of the game, beginning with a one-day tour of Sri Lanka later this month.

He began working with the England team last May after periods with the England Lions in 2012-13 and succeeds Graham Gooch, who left the role last summer.

Ramprakash played 52 Tests between 1991-2002, averaging 27.32.

He played for Middlesex and Surrey, making 114 first-class centuries, two of which were at Test level, and said: "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."

Paul Downton, managing director of England Cricket, said: "Mark has formed excellent relationships with players and a strong partnership with Peter Moores and the management team.

"I have no doubt he will continue to have a positive impact as we begin an exciting winter of cricket."

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