Tests only for Gooch

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Hugh Morris gave an update on Graham Gooch who is now concentrating on Tests

England batting coach Graham Gooch is to focus exclusively on the Test side in the future.

From now on Gooch will devote himself to the five-day game, with Graham Thorpe taking over as batting coach for the limited-overs tour of New Zealand.

Like Gooch, Thorpe is one of a distinguished group to play in 100 Test matches for England. He has been coaching the England Performance Programme and England Lions since October 2010 and will now get the chance to work with the senior national side.

Graham Gooch

"Graham (Gooch) will be focussing his attention on working one-on-one with our Test players," explained Hugh Morris

Thorpe is a player many of the current team will have grown up watching and scored 6,744 Test runs at 44.66 from 1993 to 2005.

Hugh Morris, ECB Managing Director - Cricket, said: “Graham Gooch is going to focus now on Test cricket and on preparing batsmen for Test matches.

“We would like to focus on that area of the game. We've got back-to-back Ashes series coming up and a five-Test series against India in 2014. That's an enormous amount of very high-profile Test cricket and Graham will be focussing his attention on working one-on-one with our Test players.

“Graham Thorpe, who has been working with the Performance Programme and the Lions will be going as the one-day coach to New Zealand.

“(Thorpe's role) is for this tour initially and then we'll assess the situation at the end of that.

“We're very fortunate to have two (batting coaches) who've played 100 Test matches for England. Graham Thorpe is a very experienced one-day cricketer and Graham will have worked with a lot of the players who are going to New Zealand.

“He's made a really good impression as a batting coach and he's really looking forward to it.”

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