Gooch sacked as England batting coach

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England have continued with their in-house clearance with the news that batting coach Graham Gooch has been asked to pack his bags, though he wished skipper Alastair Cook the best of luck.

England have continued with their in-house clearance with the news that batting coach Graham Gooch has been asked to pack his bags, though he wished skipper Alastair Cook the best of luck.

Gooch, who had been in the role in some capacity since 2009, was the latest change made by Cook and new coach Peter Moores as they look to begin their 'new era' and get ready for the series against Sri Lanka next month.

Gooch said: "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. 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."

Paul Downton, managing director of the ECB, said: "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.

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

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