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Gooch lands England's batting coach job

September 06, 2011 12:39 IST

Former skipper Graham Gooch is set to become the full-time batting coach of England after his successful stint with the team on a consultancy basis for the last two years.

According to Daily Telegraph, Gooch will resign from his post with Essex and stay with the England team as a full-time batting coach.

Graham Googh with Ian Bell"Gooch has proved a popular member of the backroom team since he was brought into the England management circle by Andy Flower as a part-time batting coach. His position will be made full time and Gooch will leave his post as batting coach with Essex at the end of the season," the report said.

"Gooch will primarily work with the team during the Test series and will not be required for One-day commitments. His first tour will be to the United Arab Emirates, where England play Pakistan in a four-match Test series in the new year," it added.

With Gooch relinquishing his position, Essex has offered his coaching position to current player Matt Walker.

Gooch's coaching has inspired a lot of England cricketers with Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell -- all scoring at least one Test double century in the last six months.

Gooch is one of the most prolific run-scorer for England. He played 118 Tests scoring 8900 runs at 42.58 in Tests and featured in 125 ODIs making 4,290 runs.

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