Gooch to tour as 'A' coach

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Graham Gooch will be going to Australia again this winter - as coach of England's 'A' team. Gooch, who made four visits to Australia, one as captain in 1990-91, will be joined on the trip by his fellow England selector and the tour manager, David Graveney.

The 43-year-old Essex batsman made the last of his record 118 Tests on his last Australian tour in 1994-95 and his experience will be vital to a squad which departs on 23 October and returns on 15 December.

England 'A' will play four four-day matches against New South Wales Second X1, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland at the Gabba in Brisbane in the final fixture of the tour.

The last tour to Australia in 1993 brought on Graham Thorpe and Andrew Caddick to full Test status but the team captained by Yorkshire's Martyn Moxon did not win any of their four first-class matches against South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania and Queensland, although they were successful in four of the seven non-first-class games.

Ashley Giles, the Warwickshire left-arm spinner, took his second six- wicket haul of the week to leave Glamorgan facing a heavy defeat at Edgbaston.

Giles, who was awarded his county cap after he took a career-best 6 for 45 against Durham on Monday, took 6 for 63 in 28.2 intelligent overs as Glamorgan slumped from 159 for 2 to 214 all out.

Glamorgan were made to follow on 284 runs adrift of Warwickshire's 498 and they lost opener Hugh Morris, caught at second slip off Tim Munton, as they reached 35 for 1.

Saqlian Mushtaq sent Leicestershire spinning to defeat by Pakistan at Grace Road yesterday. The 19-year-old took 6 for 52 as Leicestershire were bowled out for 183, losing by 101 runs.

That performance makes him a strong candidate for a place in Pakistan's side for the third Test against England at The Oval starting next Thursday.