Thursday 1 May 2014 

England Batting Coach Gooch Departs

Graham Gooch
Graham Gooch has left his position as batting coach after more than four years on the coaching staff
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Graham Gooch has left his role with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as a batting coach with immediate effect.

Gooch began working with England in November 2009, taking on a full-time role in March 2012. One year later he relinquished the one-day role which was taken on by ECB National Lead Batting Coach Graeme Thorpe.

Now, however, new head coach Peter Moores, assistant coach Paul Farbrace and captain Alastair Cook are to move forward without the services of England's leading Test run-scorer.

"Graham has been an outstanding coach for England over the last four and a half years and is held in the highest regard by all those who have worked alongside him," Paul Downton, managing director, England cricket said.

"On behalf of everyone involved in England cricket I would like to thank him for his incredible commitment.

"Graham’s record as a player speaks for itself but as a coach his ability to mentor and develop players has helped England achieve a huge amount in recent years.

"I have no doubt that we will continue to see his influence on this current generation of England players and future generations can learn a lot from his passion and dedication to the game. 

"In the past few years Graham has developed exceptional and successful professional relationships with several England batsmen which I will encourage him to maintain."

Gooch said: "I have been incredibly proud to work as England batting coach since 2009. I would like to thank Andy Flower for affording me the opportunity to be involved once again with England and contribute to the success of the team over these past four and a half years.

"I have many fine memories from the relationships formed with the players and staff and I know that I have given my best and I have tried to give it every day.

"After discussions with Alastair Cook he informed me that he was in favour of change. Although this was sad news, I respect his, and new coach Peter Moores, right to implement this change of direction.

"In my opinion Alastair is the right man to captain England, he commands respect and will always put his body on the line for his country.

"He will face many challenges and have many more tough decisions to make before his journey ends.

"Over the last decade or so he has been the ultimate professional to work with and it has been an honour to see him develop."

"I would like to wish Peter Moores and Alastair all the very best as they look to rebuild the fortunes of the England Cricket Team."

Gooch's departure is the latest in a series of changes to England's on and off-field structure following a disastrous tour of Australia and a disappointing ICC World Twenty20 campaign.

On the field, Kevin Pietersen is no longer centrally contracted and Jonathan Trott is highly unlikely to play in the near future due to a recurrence of a stress-related illness that forced him home early from Australia.

Moores and Farbrace have effectively replaced Flower and Ashley Giles while the selection panel has also been shaken up.

James Whitaker is the new National Selector with Angus Fraser, Mick Newell and Moores also sitting on the panel.

Downton replaced Hugh Morris earlier this year.

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