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Gooch gets full-time job as England batting coach

February 19, 2012 12:27 IST

Former Test captain Graham Gooch was appointed England's full-time batting coach on Saturday.

The 58-year-old, who scored 8,900 runs in 118 Tests for his country at an average of 42.58, has been working as a consultant batting coach for England since November 2009.

"I am delighted to be taking on the role on a full-time basis," Gooch told the England and Wales Cricket Board's website.

"I will now have the opportunity to spend a lot more time with the players and other coaches both in the build-up to series and during the series themselves."

Hugh Morris, England cricket's managing director, said the former opening batsman had a "huge amount to offer".

"Graham is an outstanding coach and is held in the highest regard by all those who work alongside him," added Morris.

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