Mark Ramprakash confirmed as England batting coach

Former England batsman will coach across all three formats

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Former Middlesex, Surrey and England batsman Mark Ramprakash is to be the England batting coach across all three formats, the ECB have confirmed.

Ramprakash, 45, who has been involved with the England set up since ending his playing career in 2012 and worked with the senior side on a part-time basis last summer, will begin full-time duties with this One Day International series in Sri Lanka later this month.

He said: “I am hugely excited to have been appointed England batting coach and am looking forward to building on the relationships I have established during the summer.

"I will draw on my 25 years of experience as a cricketer but also am open to learning all the time. I feel we have a very exciting group of players and am relishing the opportunity to continue working with them.”

Paul Downton, managing director of English cricket, said: “During his time with both England Lions and the senior teams he has proved a valuable addition to the coaching group. I have no doubt he will continue to have a positive impact as we begin an exciting winter of cricket.”

Unlike the previous incumbent Graham Gooch and Graham Thorpe, who was widely-tipped to take over the role, Ramprakash struggled to convert his abundant talent and technical proficiency into a successful international career.

However, despite a modest average of 27.32 in his 52 Test matches, he compiled runs ruthlessly at county level, becoming the most recent batsman to notch 100 first-class centuries in 2008.

With the balance of world cricket shifting ever more towards the game’s shorter formats, it is becoming increasingly unlikely anybody will repeat the feat.