Graham Gooch in the nets (©GettyImages)
Graham Gooch in the nets (©GettyImages).

Graham Gooch leaves England role

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Graham Gooch has left his role as England's batting coach as announced by the ECB. 

As told by him, the decision was made only after talks were held with Peter Moores and Alastair Cook. This, came hours after England's rise to 3rd spot in ICC Test Rankings which pleased the English fans however Gooch's departure is more of a shock.

England's leading run scorer in Test Cricket said: "Alastair Cook 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."

Gooch added: "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."

Paul Downton, ECB managing director, said: "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.

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

Well, what we are all seeing here is the aftermath of The Ashes. A bit of a cliche but it's the truth I am afraid. A good Ashes series makes you whereas a bad one breaks you. This is what has been witnessed over the years and this is what we'll continue to see.

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