Mark Ramprakash Set to be Hired as England Batting Coach: Reports

Mark Ramprakash has been tipped to be Graham Gooch's successor after the former England opener was axed earlier this year.

Updated: November 04, 2014 11:06 IST
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London: Mark Ramprakash is set to be appointed as England batting coach this week, according to media reports on Monday.

Ramprakash, 45, has been tipped to be Graham Gooch's successor after the former England opener was axed earlier this year.

It is believed Ramprakash and the England and Wales Cricket Board are in agreement over his move into the national team set-up, but the fine details of his contract are still being worked through. (Also Read: Ottis Gibson Signs Short-Term Deal as England Bowling Coach)

The former Middlesex and Surrey batsman emerged as the standout candidate when it became clear Graham Thorpe, who is highly valued at the ECB and previously worked as limited-overs batting coach under Ashley Giles, was reluctant to commit to England's gruelling tour commitments.

The wait for Ramprakash's job to be formally announced should be over within a matter of days.

He is currently working with squad members at the National Performance Centre Loughborough and had already accepted an offer to travel with the England side for this month's one-day international tour of Sri Lanka.

That trip was not dependent on current discussions, but will now mark his first series on head coach Peter Moores' permanent backroom team.

As a player Ramprakash is renowned as one of the very best to have played domestic cricket in England, notching up 114 first-class centuries before his retirement at the age of 42.

But his international performances never carried the same authority, with just two centuries in his 52 Tests and a solitary 50 in 18 ODIs.

That record has not stopped him acquiring a strong reputation as a coach, where he is renowned for imparting the technical expertise he possessed in spades.

Ramprakash's experiences also bring valuable insight of playing international cricket to a set-up that currently lacks it in Moores, his deputy Paul Farbrace and Australian bowling coach David Saker.

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