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Thorpe to aid Lions batsmen

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Deep Dasgupta & Graham Thorpe

A total of 6,774 Test runs would seem to make Graham Thorpe the ideal man to coach aspiring England batsmen

The ECB today announced that former England batsman Graham Thorpe has been appointed as batting coach for the England Lions tour of the United Arab Emirates, from February 6-27.

Thorpe, who has been batting coach for Surrey since 2008, will join the England Lions coaching team which also includes David Parsons, ECB performance director, and Kevin Shine, ECB lead fast bowling coach.

Thorpe played 100 Test matches for England, averaging 44.66, and 82 ODIs in an international career which spanned 12 years. He played first-class cricket for Surrey from 1988-2005.

England Lions will contest three Twenty20 matches against Pakistan A, as well as T20 matches against the UAE and England. These will be followed by three 50-over fixtures against Pakistan A at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai.

Thorpe said: "I’m really looking forward to the tour and working with the Lions squad. It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m grateful to Surrey for giving me the freedom to take it on.

“Over the course of my time with the team I hope that I can offer them some good advice and be someone they learn a lot from.”

Parsons said: "I am delighted to welcome Graham Thorpe as part of the England Lions coaching team and I have no doubt that the squad of aspiring England players will benefit from his experiences both as a hugely successful international cricketer and now a coach.

“We will face some tough opposition during our tour of the UAE and the coaching team will be working hard to ensure that we are well prepared."