The Telegraph
Monday , May 5 , 2014
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Ramprakash is keen to step into Gooch’s shoes

London: Mark Ramprakash, the former England batsman has expressed his interest in becoming the next England batting coach.

As the England Lions batting coach on their successful tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year, Ramprakash has emerged as a prime candidate to succeed Graham Gooch, sacked this week.

“Everyone in coaching would be interested in the England job,” he said. “First and foremost, I don’t know the description of the job — whether you will have to travel with the team all the time or go in and out as a consultant.”

So numerous have been the changes in England’s set-up since the disastrous tour of Australia that not even the most basic part of the batting coach’s job has been decided: whether he will control every format, or whether one coach will be in charge of Test batting, as Gooch was, and another in charge of 50- and 20-over batting, as Graham Thorpe now is.

The ideal might be for the roles to be combined so that an England batsman who plays in all formats does not receive mixed messages.

Ramprakash, who has worked in the media and as Middlesex’s batting coach on a part-time basis since retiring from Surrey in 2012, scored 114 first-class centuries. In his 52 Tests, however, he averaged 27.

“In my last 10 years as a batsman I thought I was more open-minded to evolving as a player and a person, and that’s what I want to continue to do as a coach,” he said.

“One thing I’ve learnt since being at Middlesex is to challenge the players and open up their minds to different ways of training and batting.”