England have continued the restructuring of their coaching set-up by promoting current England Lions batting coach Graham Thorpe to batting coach of their limited-overs sides. Thorpe has initially been appointed only for the tour of New Zealand, but the arrangement seems likely to become permanent.
Thorpe, who had a successful career for England in both Tests and ODIs, will replace Test batting coach Graham Gooch as England increasingly move towards separate coaching staff for Tests and limited-overs cricket.
England’s managing director Hugh Morris said, "Graham Gooch's work in India made a real step change to the way we played spin bowling and was a factor in us winning that Test series. We've got an enormous amount of very high-profile Test cricket and we want Graham to focus his attention on working one-on-one with our Test players.
"Graham Thorpe, who has been working alongside the Lions as one of our coaches for the last 12 months or so, will be going to New Zealand as one-day batting coach. He's made a good impression as a batting coach and he is looking forward to the opportunity to go there."
Thorpe is credited with playing a key role in the development of Joe Root, among others, during his time with the Lions and will join Ashley Giles’ new limited-overs coaching set-up.
David Saker, England’s bowling coach, is now the only senior member of their coaching staff to coach across all three formats of the game.
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