Gooch unconcerned by England's batting struggles

Updated: 27 August 2010 10:20 IST

England assistant coach Graham Gooch is unconcerned by the team's struggling batting performance ahead of the Ashes series against Australia.

London:

England assistant coach Graham Gooch is unconcerned by the team's struggling batting performance ahead of the Ashes series against Australia starting in November.

Gooch has been working with the team's batsmen throughout the current four-test series with Pakistan, which England leads 2-1.

Four of England's top six batsmen are averaging less than 30, including captain Andrew Strauss at 25.83 and Kevin Pietersen at 28.

"I would not be concerned because someone is short of a few runs at the moment," said Gooch, who is England's highest scorer in tests with 8,900 runs. "The England team's aim is to win this match and come out of the series as 3-1 winners.

"That is the only aim. The current match is always the only match that matters, not the Ashes. That is still three months away, a lot can happen in that time."

Strauss was dismissed for another low score at Lord's, bowled by an in-swinger from Mohammad Asif for 13 as England ended the first day of the fourth test on 39-1 after rain allowed only 12.3 overs. Strauss is without a test century for 13 months.

The Ashes starts November 25 in Brisbane, Australia.

Topics : Cricket Australia
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