January 28, 2013
The former England batsman Graham Gooch is standing down from his role as batting coach in the one-day form of the game to concentrate on the Test match side.
Graeme Thorpe has been moved into the position after spells working with the England Lions players, and will take up the post for England’s tour of New Zealand.
With this decision, Gooch has followed in Andy Flower’s footsteps who earlier in the year decided to focus his attention on the Test match team, with Ashley Giles taking over.
With a growing number of international fixtures worldwide, England feel it is the right decision to lessen the workload of its players and now it appears coaches as well.
Thorpe was an experienced international cricketer in his time with England and played in 100 Test matches and 82 ODI’s. In limited overs cricket the gritty left-hander scored 2,380 runs, at an average 37.18. Before working with the Lions, the 43 year-old had a spell as Surrey’s batting coach where he played his domestic cricket as a player.
The Scoop 28/01/13