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Mark Ramprakash named Middlesex batting coach

England old boy Ramprakash named Middlesex batting coach



18:58 GMT, 19 December 2012

Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash has been appointed batting coach at Middlesex for the next two years.

Ramprakash, 43, retired from playing in July after losing his place in the Surrey team following a lean spell of form and takes up the coaching post with the county that gave him his break in cricket.

He played for Middlesex from 1987 to 2000 and had a period as captain, before moving across London to join Surrey.

All smiles: Ramprakash has been appointed batting coach at Middlesex

All smiles: Ramprakash has been appointed batting coach at Middlesex

During his spell at The Oval he passed the career landmark of 100 first-class centuries, reaching 114 in total.

Ramprakash also recently agreed to take on a two-year consultancy with the England and Wales Cricket Board as a batting coach and has been in India with the England Lions.

End of the road: Ramprakash retired earlier this year

End of the road: Ramprakash retired earlier this year

Middlesex are relishing his return to Lord's, with his former county and international team-mate Angus Fraser, now Middlesex's director of cricket, saying: 'I am thrilled to have Mark back at Middlesex CCC.

'It is my job to provide Middlesex's cricketers with the best possible coaching, support and advice available and in Mark Ramprakash they have that.'

Ramprakash takes over from Australian Mark O'Neill, who announced last month he was leaving Middlesex after a three-year stint.

Fraser said: 'Mark Ramprakash will offer our batsmen something different. His record speaks for itself and in the past 25 years there has not been a better batsman in county cricket.

'Mark moved from Middlesex to Surrey in 2000, but I never felt his heart left the club.' Ramprakash said: 'Middlesex is the club that gave me the chance to achieve what I have in cricket and I am delighted to be able to return to work with and help the current and next generation of Middlesex cricketers.

'I am excited by the talent in the current crop of players and look forward to contributing to the club.'

If you thought England"s first innings against India in Nagpur was slow… remember Graham Thorpe in Lahore?

And you thought that was a slow day for batting… remember Thorpe in Lahore



21:33 GMT, 13 December 2012

When Joe Root and Matt Prior left the field with the scoreboard reading 199 for five, it was England’s lowest first-day total in a Test match since they finished on 195 for four against Pakistan at Lahore in 2000-01.

That, however, was off only 84 overs, compared with the 97 they faced on the opening day at Nagpur.

The Lahore Test, which ended in a bore draw, was most famous for an innings of incredible skill and patience from Graham Thorpe, who is now the ECB’s batting coach.

Nuggety: Graham Thorpe hit 118 runs off 301 balls in Lahore

Nuggety: Graham Thorpe hit 118 runs off 301 balls in Lahore

Thorpe hit only one boundary in reaching three figures, and by the time he was out for 118 from 301 deliveries, he had hit all of two fours.

If you thought that was slow scoring, how about the Test between Pakistan and Australia at Karachi in 1956-57.

On the opening day of a game played on matting wickets, only 95 runs were scored as Pakistan reached 15 for two in reply to Australia’s 80 all out. At least there were plenty of wickets.

The fewest runs scored in a day in a Test in England was the 151 managed on the third day of the Lord’s Test against New Zealand in 1978.

India v England, second Test, Day Three: Kevin Pietersen and Monty Panesar put tourists on top

Classy KP and magic Monty punish India in Mumbai as England close in on victory in Second Test



14:42 GMT, 25 November 2012

This was as good as it gets, an extraordinary day’s Test cricket which must rank among the finest England have ever had on the sub-continent.

It left them, barely believably, within touching distance of one of their greatest ever victories.

At the centre of it, almost inevitably, was the man who was not even in the squad originally chosen for this tour because he had been banished into international exile by the biggest crisis to hit the England team in years.

Graham Gooch once asked Ian Botham who wrote his scripts and England’s record Test runscorer must have been tempted to pose the same question to Kevin Pietersen after his breathtaking 186 in the most demanding of conditions.

Instead the man who is now England’s batting coach and not always the greatest ally of Pietersen settled for shaking his hand in the dressing room.

There was, in truth, no real need for words anyway. Pietersen’s record-equalling 22nd Test century, which followed hot on the heels of that of Alastair Cook, did everything needed to finally draw a line under the whole sorry text message saga that blighted England’s summer.

You have to tread carefully when using the word genius in relation to Pietersen because it was the ‘KP genius’ parody Twitter account that did so much to lead him to the astonishing conclusion that ‘it is not easy being me’ in the England dressing room.

High hopes: Monty Panesar was in the wickets again on day three

High hopes: Monty Panesar was in the wickets again on day three

But genius is the only word for what he did here.

Let’s put it into some sort of
context. Pietersen had been added to the tour party on a four-month
central-contract only after a ‘reintegration’ process that made him
sound like a criminal being eased back into civilised society.

Then he batted in such a distracted,
barely competent way against his old nemesis left-arm spin in the first
Test that it seemed he might not be worth a place anyway.

And then he goes and bats as well as
any Englishman could have possibly done in this vast, cricket-mad
country with his side seemingly heading for the eighth and most damaging
Test defeat of their annus horribilis.

It looked like Pietersen was going to
fall short of being regarded as a truly great batsman because of his
erratic form and behaviour since losing the England captaincy nearly
four years ago but that rarified status may yet be within his reach.

His average is now a tad under 50 and not too many boast that.

He has certainly made three great
Test centuries this year, in Colombo, at Headingley when he imploded and
now here at the vibrant hub of Indian cricket.

This, surely, was the best innings Pietersen has ever played.

Few expected England to come anywhere
near India’s 327 on an extreme example of the sort of alien, turning
Asian pitches that have proved their undoing both this winter and last
after they had lost what seemed like a decisive toss.

Yet they passed it for the loss of
only four wickets because of a stand of 206 between Pietersen and Cook
that could well be remembered as the partnership which reignited a
stuttering England team that had lost their way after rapidly rising to
the top of the Test world.

In normal circumstances Cook’s fourth
century in each of his first four Tests as captain, bringing him level
on the England record with Wally Hammond, Colin Cowdrey and Geoff
Boycott, would have demanded all the attention.

Ton-derful: Pietersen reached three figures on Sunday morning

Ton-derful: Pietersen reached three figures on Sunday morning

This morning it was merely the hors d’oeuvres for the sumptuous main course.

Pietersen looked in the mood when he
stroked his first ball for four on Saturday and now he took batting to a
higher level, nullifying any demons in the pitch and rendering India’s
spinners ordinary, even his first Test tormentor Pragyan Ojha.

He told his friend Shane Warne that
he had ‘unscrambled’ his brain and that he clearly had in a five-hour
long batting masterclass.

Pietersen’s century came with a
reverse-swept four devoid of any risk and his 150, which brought him
level with Hammond and Len Hutton in hitting 10 scores in excess of that
figure for England, was reached with an effortless straight six off the
now hapless Ojha.

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Captain marvel: Cook led from the front with his 22nd Test hundred

Only when Pietersen was out, Ojha
roaring his approval at finally getting his man, did the match revert to
type, England losing their last five wickets for 31 to give them a lead
of 87 when at one stage many more seemed probable.

The mini-collapse was not without
controversy either. Andy Flower, the England team director, approached
the umpires and match referee during lunch when it became clear that the
catch which dismissed Jonny Bairstow had struck Gautam Gambhir on his
helmet grille before he pouched the chance.

Umpires Aleem Dar and Tony Hill, who
seem to have lost much of their judgment with the absence of the
decision review system, left the matter in the hands of India who, in
contrast to their recall of Ian Bell in the Trent Bridge run-out
incident, decided not to withdraw their appeal. No matter. This was not
the day to worry about such trifles.

Spin kings: Swann (right) and Panesar (left)

Spin kings: Swann (right) and Panesar (left)

It looked as though England had let
India back into the Test by not cracking on to a lead in excess of a
hundred but what happened next was delicious in its irony.

MS Dhoni had
demanded a pitch at the Wankhede Stadium that turned from the first ball
but little did he realise that his ploy would play so spectacularly
into the large hands of Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann.

Seven Indian wickets tumbled to spin
for 117, giving India a lead of just 31 overnight, with Panesar taking
five of them to become the first English spinner to take 10 wickets in a
Test in India since Hedley Verity in 1934.

Who would have thought that it was in fact India’s batsmen who cannot play left-arm spin in sub-continental conditions

More importantly, it meant that
England should have levelled the series tomorrow morning unless there
was one last twist to this compelling tale.

Test cricket Bloody hell….

Matt Prior interview: India beware England"s world-class wicketkeeper

EXCLUSIVE: Prior warning! India beware… England's keeper has gone from mouthy upstart to world beating all-rounder



23:00 GMT, 28 October 2012

Matt Prior has come a long way since he was unfairly singled out for being a bit too gobby during his debut Test summer of 2007.

These days, his glovework is barely noticed. His batting average of 42 is the stuff of a genuine all-rounder. And, most pertinently of all as far as England’s tour of India is concerned, it was Prior who phoned Kevin Pietersen during the summer at the height of the texting controversy to find out what on earth was going on.

It’s true that Pietersen was dropped from the Test side the following day. But not before he and Prior had endured a heart-to-heart that history may yet record as the starting point of Pietersen’s ‘reintegration’.

Glove story: Matt Prior has proved himself as top class with gauntlets and bat

Glove story: Matt Prior has proved himself as top class with gauntlets and bat

Prior’s response to this suggestion is that of the archetypal team player. ‘I don’t think I can take any credit because next day all hell broke loose,’ he told Sportsmail. ‘There’s been a bit said about the phone call. I just did what I’d do if it had been anyone: KP or Broad or Swann, or any one of my team-mates.

‘If they’ve got an issue in the dressing room, the right thing to do is to speak to them and say, “what’s up” And I’d do exactly the same if the same thing happened again. But hopefully it won’t.

‘I can see that Kevin wants to be a part of this team — and for us that’s great news.’

The charges against Prior during the 2007 home series against India ranged from the puerile to the pernicious. Not only was he accused of having scattered the jelly beans at Trent Bridge that so enraged India’s attack leader Zaheer Khan. He was said to have bragged to Sachin Tendulkar about driving a Porsche.

Both claims were untrue, yet Prior took them on the chin, knuckled down after subsequently losing his Test place, and is now — like all good keepers — the beating heart of the fielding effort.

If he is still keeping spirits up come the fourth Test at Nagpur in December, we’ll know Alastair Cook’s tourists have punched above their weight.

Prior, who along with his team-mates was due to arrive in Mumbai on Monday following a training camp in Dubai, is pragmatic about the challenge ahead.

Since David Gower captained England to victory in 1984-85, India have lost only four Test series at home out of 40.

Point to prove: Prior says England are still hurt about defeat to South Africa

Point to prove: Prior says England are still hurt about defeat to South Africa

Only Pakistan, South Africa and Australia have triumphed there in that time. ‘India is as tough as it gets for an England cricketer,’ said Prior at Chance to Shine’s Brit Insurance Annual Achievement awards. ‘For this team, it’s the final frontier. We haven’t won there for 28 years, which is longer than it took us to beat the Aussies in Australia.

‘Someone mentioned to me recently that it doesn’t seem as big as the Ashes because it’s not the old enemy and it doesn’t probably capture the nation’s imagination as much as Australia.

‘But for us it’s a massive series, and it will be a huge challenge.’ Prior has spent his time since the end of the English season ‘getting really quite fit and stripping off a few pounds’.

Wicketkeeping under the Indian sun can be a gruelling business. But he is also determined to help erase the memories of a traumatic summer in which England imploded, on and off the field. ‘To win in India would be very special. What would make it more special is that we would have come back from a tough summer.

‘I’m a big believer that team hardships can, if dealt with in the right way, lead to the team being stronger. And that ultimately is the most important thing.’

Is the team still hurting after losing the Test series — and the No 1 ranking — to South Africa

‘There’s hurt whenever you lose a Test series,’ said Prior. ‘The No 1 spot is certainly something we want to get back. But it’s not going to be an overnight thing. With Cooky now coming in as captain, it’s an exciting time for the team to start again, and say, right, that was a good two-year period, and we’re about to start on another period.

Mates: Prior gets on well with Kevin Pietersen and helped his reintegration

Mates: Prior gets on well with Kevin Pietersen and helped his reintegration

‘This is a window of opportunity to see how far we can get over the next year to 18 months.’

Central to England’s hopes of triumphing in a country that has brought them a single Test victory — Andrew Flintoff’s ‘Ring of Fire’ win at Mumbai in March 2006 — from their last four visits will be their batting against India’s spinners. In that regard, England’s three trips to Asia in 2012 have not been auspicious.

‘You can’t keep performing like that against spin on subcontinental wickets,’ said Prior. ‘I think we learned a lot of lessons.’

Chief among them, believes Prior, is that there is no one-size-fits-all method of tackling spin.

‘Maybe where we have gone wrong is that we tried to follow one template,’ he said. ‘I don’t think you can do that.’

Pietersen once claimed Prior was England’s best player of spin. Had he not middled a sweep straight into the midriff of Lahiru Thirimanne at short leg at a crucial stage of a fourth-innings run chase at Galle in March, they might even have won the Test series in Sri Lanka. So what’s his secret

‘I see it as a game of cat and mouse. Rotating the strike is the biggest thing. It’s all well and good hitting boundaries and big shots to release pressure, but if you can rotate the strike, you can release the pressure that way.

‘You’ve got to try to move fielders. That allows you then to hit ones and twos into an area that’s as safe as possible. That’s my way of doing it — but everyone has their own way.’

The modesty is unnecessary, for Prior’s way sounds as thoughtful as any. Besides — as Pietersen will confirm — he has earned the right to be listened to.

Matt Prior was supporting Chance to Shine, the campaign to bring cricket back to schools. To make a donation visit www.chancetoshine.org

World Twenty20 2012: England prepare for Super Eights

Positive spin: How woeful England can prevent a slow death in Sri Lanka



21:00 GMT, 24 September 2012

England have progressed to the Super Eight stage of the World Twenty20 despite the worst short-form defeat in their history at the hands of India in Colombo. But is it possible to sift through the wreckage to find reasons to be cheerful ahead of the second-stage games against the West Indies, New Zealand and Sri Lanka

Play it straight

England may have tried to put a spin on their batting collapse against India at the Premadasa Stadium by reminding us of their one-day series victory over Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year.

Stumped: Graeme Swann is dismissed against India

Stumped: Graeme Swann is dismissed against India

However, the bemused look on batting coach Graham Gooch’s face as six wickets fell to slow bowling in seven overs said it all. England repeatedly fail to cope with good spin bowling in Asian conditions and have done for years.

The warning signs were there again when Saeed Ajmal took four wickets in the warm-up game against Pakistan, and Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla suddenly looked like world-beaters even though they are hardly among the more mysterious of the modern breed. Ravi Ashwin is the senior Indian spinner these days but thankfully he was rested.

Gooch will be banging on about the need to play much straighter all this week.

Another one bites the dust: Morgan is bowled out

Another one bites the dust: Morgan is bowled out

Next three dangermen…

Sunil Narine – West Indies

Has made his name in Twenty20, taking 10 wickets in last year’s Champions League before hitting the jackpot in the 2012 IPL auction with a move to Kolkata. Looked raw on Test debut at Edgbaston last summer but will be the biggest threat to England on Thursday.

Dan Vettori – New Zealand

England know all about Dan the man – he has been bowling against them since 1997, making his first-class and Test debuts against them. He won’t have anything England haven’t seen but remains a canny competitor and a man to respect when they meet on Saturday.

Ajantha Mendis – Sri Lanka

If England need to win their final Super Eight match on Monday, they will fear Mendis. The man who invented the ‘carrom ball,’ which is flicked out of the front of his hand by his middle finger, has had less success since star batsmen began playing him less as a spinner and more as a medium-pacer but remains a formidable proposition at home.

Fear of the unknown

If Harbhajan can take four for 12, what can the mystery spinners awaiting England next do to them

Sunil Narine barely turned a ball when he made his Test debut against England this summer but he is a different proposition entirely in the short game, having made his name in the Indian Premier League. Expect him to be the West Indies’ main threat in Pallekele on Thursday.

Ajantha Mendis of the hosts is much more experienced but has been less of a threat in recent times after being ‘worked out’ by most of the world’s top batsmen. Right on cue, he took six for eight in his first game in this tournament.

And if Mendis is not enough, Sri Lanka could unleash their new teenage spin-bowling find, Akila Dananjaya. At least New Zealand’s threat comes from the more orthodox Dan Vettori.

Missing KP

England insisted they wanted to try out a new balance to their side by bringing Tim Bresnan in for Samit Patel on Sunday, but the Yorkshireman is a worry because he has just not seemed the same since undergoing surgery on his elbow early this year.

England’s policy of hitting India short and hard, eschewing yorkers for the most part, just did not work and Patel’s stature was hugely enhanced by his absence.

Left out: Samit Patel (left) took two wickets against Afghanistan

Left out: Samit Patel (left) took two wickets against Afghanistan

They will not admit it but England would love to be able to add Kevin Pietersen to their line-up right now. It may not be too long before he is back but not quick enough for this tournament.

Easy street

England defeated South Africa, Australia, Pakistan and Afghanistan in little over a week before their Indian setback and are in the weaker of the two Super Eight groups.

Two victories out of the three games should take them to the semi-finals and they will still have every confidence that they can at least reach the final four in their attempt to become the first team to successfully defend a World Twenty20 title.

Green with envy

Pallekele, a newish, picturesque ground near Kandy, where all three of their Super Eight games will be played, should suit England’s seamers more than Colombo.

Food for thought: Broad's side move to seam-friendly Pallekele

Food for thought: Broad's side move to seam-friendly Pallekele

The wickets there are expected to be greener and have more pace and carry and, on paper, England have the best attack in Group One.

England are convinced that the way forward is to keep wickets intact even in the shortest form of the game so that the middle order of Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler are not exposed until the second half of the innings.

They failed to pull that off on Sunday but if they do, then all three have shown how destructive they can be.

The chosen Swann

Graeme Swann was as effective as Harbhajan and Chawla on Sunday and remains as good as any spinner in the world, even though his chronic right elbow will have to be nursed through an extremely busy winter.

And don’t forget England have Danny Briggs who has made an excellent impression in the shorter game both for Hampshire and in his limited England chances to date.

This tournament is being played at the end of Sri Lanka’s rainy season so there will be an element of chance in the remaining matches – there are no reserve days – which may or may not suit England. All is still to play for.

England v South Africa: Hashim Amla "happy and surprised" after reaching milestone

Amla 'happy and surprised' after reaching milestone as South Africa home in on series lead



22:50 GMT, 22 July 2012

Hashim Amla said he felt ‘overwhelmed’ after becoming the first South African to score a triple century in a Test as the tourists moved to within touching distance of a first win at The Oval.

A strict Muslim, Amla is allowed to defer the period of fasting demanded by the holy month of Ramadan until the end of the tour, and duly gorged on England’s bowlers, batting for more than 13 hours for an unbeaten 311.

That surpassed AB de Villiers’s South African record of 278 not out and Amla — described by fast bowler Dale Steyn as the side’s ‘silent warrior’ — gently hugged each of his team-mates as they left the field last night before speaking humbly of his new place in cricket’s record books.

Unforgettable: Hashim Amla celebrates reaching his triple century

Unforgettable: Hashim Amla celebrates reaching his triple century

‘I’m happy and surprised,’ he said. ‘It’s really exciting to do something that has not been done before by a South African. The wicket was batter-friendly, and I’m grateful for the opportunity, but I’ve never dreamed of scoring 300. It’s overwhelming really.

‘But the biggest pleasure is putting the side in a really good position. We need six more wickets to win the Test. I’d rather be in our changing room.’

The first South African Test cricketer of Indian descent — his grandparents hail from Gujarat — Amla scored more by himself than the country of his forebears managed in either innings here last year.

Magic moment: Amla became the first South African to reach 300

Magic moment: Amla became the first South African to reach 300

And England’s batting coach Graham Gooch — the last man to make a Test triple hundred in this country, 22 years ago — was full of praise for his innings.

‘It was a wonderful effort,’ said Gooch. ‘To score runs you need a great attitude, good belief, good knowledge and spot-on concentration. He showed all four things. He’s a solid player with a good range of shots and a good temperament.’

Despite England — with only six second-innings wickets in hand — still being 150 runs short of avoiding a humiliating innings defeat, Gooch insisted that they could arrive at Headingley for next week’s second Test with the series all square.

‘The game’s not over yet,’ he said. ‘You have to believe you can still get out of it with a draw.’

Tom Maynard funeral attended by cricket stars

Farewell Tom: Stars of cricket pay respects at funeral of Maynard



14:27 GMT, 4 July 2012

Andrew Strauss and Andrew Flintoff were among the great and the good of cricket who paid their respects as Tom Maynard was laid to rest in his home city of Cardiff.

The 23-year-old Surrey batsman died on June 18 after being hit by a London Underground train, and a congregation of around 900 attended his funeral at Llandaff Cathedral.

Alongside Maynard's father Matthew, mother Sue and sister Ceri were figures from the sporting world including England captain Strauss and former internationals Flintoff, Paul Collingwood, Mike Gatting and Alec Stewart.

Goodbye: The hearse carrying the coffin of Tom Maynard leaves Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff

Goodbye: The hearse carrying the coffin of Tom Maynard leaves Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff

Wales rugby great Gareth Edwards was also in attendance, as was England international Danny Cipriani, while Maynard's Surrey team-mates, with Kevin Pietersen among them, and former Glamorgan colleagues also paid their respects.

Strauss said: 'I first saw Tom when he was a teenager when Matthew was batting coach of England. He had grown up so well since then and was forging a name for himself in the game of cricket.

'I suppose that's part of what makes it so tragic he is no longer with us. I obviously feel so much for Matthew, Sue and the family to have to go through this.

'But I think today is as much about celebrating Tom and what he achieved as it is saying goodbye. It's obviously a very tough day for everyone who knew him, no more so than for members of his family.'

The England and Wales Cricket Board were represented by managing director Hugh Morris and chief executive David Collier, with former Glamorgan captain Morris delivering a glowing eulogy to a player who was tipped to represent his country in the near future.

Respects: Kevin Pietersen was among the group of England internationals to attend

Respects: Kevin Pietersen was among the group of England internationals to attend

Morris said: 'The presence of so many members of the cricket community tells me Tom was not only a player blessed with extraordinary talent, but somebody whose sense of fun and enjoyment made him a hugely popular figure within our game.

'No-one will feel a greater sense of loss today than Matt, Sue, Ceri and family, and I know that many of you within the wider cricketing family will feel you have lost a treasured friend and team-mate; someone who enlivened the dressing room or lit-up any social occasion with warmth and good humour.

'What saddens me so much is that we have not only lost a hugely popular and colourful character, but one of our most exciting and explosive young batsmen. A player who could make the game look deceptively easy, a player who was surely destined for the highest reaches of the game, and a player, whose authority and elegance at the crease reminded so many of his father.'

Glamorgan captain Mark Wallace also delivered a eulogy while former X-Factor contestant Lucie Jones, who like Maynard hails from the village of Pentyrch, sang two songs during the service.

Friends: Andrew Flintoff and comedian Jack Whitehall arrive for the funeral

Friends: Andrew Flintoff and comedian Jack Whitehall arrive for the funeral

Maynard had long been regarded as one of English cricket's bright young talents, having scored 71 runs from 75 balls when making his Glamorgan debut at the age of just 17.

He moved to Surrey in 2011 and toured Bangladesh with the England Lions last winter. His Surrey and Glamorgan team-mates have been hit hard by his death, and Maynard's flatmate and Surrey captain Rory Hamilton-Brown, who was a pallbearer at the funeral, is to take an indefinite break from the game.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned at Westminster Coroner's Court – with Dr Shirley Radcliffe saying 'extensive investigations' were continuing.

Celebration: The Order of Service for Maynard's funeral

Celebration: The Order of Service for Maynard's funeral

Talent: Maynard was rated highly as a future England international before his tragic death

Talent: Maynard was rated highly as a future England international before his tragic death

England appoint Peter Such as spin coach

Such named new spin coach as England look to build on recent successes



18:34 GMT, 2 July 2012

Main man: Peter Such

Main man: Peter Such

Peter Such has been named as the England and Wales Cricket Board's new national spin coach.

A former England and Essex off-spinner, Such has been promoted from his previous role as a part-time consultant and will take charge of spin coaching at the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough.

Mushtaq Ahmed will continue to work with the senior national side, while Such will take charge of the coaching and development of players at England Lions and England Performance Programme level as well as on the county circuit.

His role is parallel to that of national batting coach Graham Thorpe.
David Parsons, ECB performance director, said: 'We are delighted to appoint Peter Such as national lead spin bowling coach.

'Peter has also been in charge of the delivery of our Level 4 Spin module as well as coaching EPP and Lions spin bowlers including Danny Briggs, Scott Borthwick and Simon Kerrigan.

'His monitoring and identification of talented spin bowlers in first-class cricket is highly respected and he's played a major role in sending our leading young spinners to Sri Lanka to play first-class cricket to improve their games.'

Hugh Morris, managing director of England cricket, said: 'Peter's appointment is due recognition for the significant contribution he has made to our spin programmes and also re-emphasises the importance we place on developing a pool of talented spinners who can challenge for places in the England team in the future.

'Peter will be working across a number of our cricket development programmes to progress the art of spin bowling from playground to Test arena.'

Such played 11 Tests between 1993 and 1999, taking 37 wickets at 33.56.

Tom Maynard tribute

Tom Maynard was destined for stardom… what a sad and tragic waste of life



21:00 GMT, 18 June 2012

The cricket world is struggling to come to terms with how one of the most promising young batsmen in the country in Tom Maynard could die in such tragic, wasteful circumstances.

Maynard’s death in the early hours of Monday, aged just 23, left the game in shock, with the loss felt most acutely at his home ground of The Oval, where England’s players practised in stunned silence ahead of Tuesday’s second one-day international against West Indies.

The show will go on on Tuesday but Surrey, reeling from the third such tragedy to hit them in 15 years following the deaths of their players Graham Kersey and Ben Hollioake, quickly postponed their Twenty20 game against Hampshire on Wednesday as a mark of respect.

Tragedy: Tom Maynard pictured during England training in Loughborough

Tragedy: Tom Maynard pictured during England training in Loughborough

Talent: Maynard in his Surrey kit

Talent: Maynard in his Surrey kit

The son of former England batsman and
batting coach Matthew Maynard moved to London from his native Glamorgan
last year and was quickly earmarked as an England batsman in the making,
touring Bangladesh with the Lions last winter.

Maynard Jnr was a hard-hitting batsman, reminiscent of his father, but
was also skilled enough to score four first-class centuries, including a
poignant one for Surrey against the Glamorgan side he had left in
support of father Matthew when he was sacked as coach.

Hugh Morris, managing director of the England team, is a friend of the
Maynards, having played with Matthew at Glamorgan, and was clearly
distressed when he arrived at The Oval on Monday to comfort England
players and management and Surrey staff.

‘I’ve known Tom since he was a little boy and he was an incredibly
talented cricketer and an incredibly likeable young man who had the
world at his feet,’ said Morris.

‘In a way he played just like his old man – Matthew played for England
and Tom was very much on that path. It’s an absolute tragedy and my
heart goes out to Matthew and Sue, his parents.’

Horror: Maynard was found dead at Wimbledon Park Tube station

Horror: Maynard was found dead at Wimbledon Park Tube station

Steve James, another former team-mate of Matthew, added on Twitter: ‘The
lovely kid who was always in our dressing room at Glamorgan grew into a
man who would have played for England. How can he be gone so soon’

It appeared then that Tom was on the cusp of a great career but there
were some causes for concern. Only last week he had damaged a shoulder
when he was hit by a car during a late night out in Brighton while he
was playing against Sussex at Horsham.

That breach of discipline led to Maynard being left out of Surrey’s
opening Twenty20 match against Essex last Wednesday, but he was back
batting against Kent at Beckenham on Sunday just hours before he
embarked on his last tragic car journey.

‘Tom was a prodigiously talented young batsman who was clearly destined
for greater things,’ said Surrey chairman Richard Thompson. ‘The impact
Tom made in such a short space of time for Surrey speaks for itself. To
lose anybody at such a young age is an utterly senseless tragedy.’

You'll be missed: Maynard celebrates a man-of-the-match award with Surrey

You'll be missed: Maynard celebrates a man-of-the-match award with Surrey


England and Surrey batsman Kevin Pietersen said: ‘So unbelievably sad!! The Maynard family is so special!! Thoughts are with this special family!!’

England bowler Stuart Broad said: ‘Absolutely gutted to hear the news about Tom Maynard. A lovely guy and great talent.’

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior said: ‘Such a waste of a very talented and much loved player.’

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said: ‘Someone with so much talent and so much to look forward too… Why is life so cruel sometimes…’

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff said: ‘Tragic news that a great lad is no longer with us. All my thoughts are with his family.’

Senseless is indeed the word that came to mind as police revealed that
Maynard’s black Mercedes was stopped at 4.15am on Monday in Arthur Road,
Wimbledon, which crosses the London Underground District Line, because
he was driving ‘erratically’. Police say Maynard ran off and, less than
an hour later, he was struck by a Tube train between Wimbledon Park and
Southfields stations. It is believed he had stepped on a live track and
been electrocuted before the train struck him.

How on earth Maynard should find himself in such a situation is a
question that will haunt his family and his many friends in the game.
Those friends were desperately seeking answers on Monday night.

Jade Dernbach, a Surrey colleague and close friend of Maynard, was
missing from England’s training on Monday and the ECB announced that he
was being stood down from the one-day squad for compassionate reasons.
He is replaced by Chris Woakes.

The Surrey flag was flying at half mast by the time England’s subdued
practice session had finished and it will be at half mast again on
Tuesday during an international that clearly will be overshadowed by the

It is almost certain that Maynard would in the future have been wearing
the blue of England in senior limited overs cricket himself, providing
he was able to curb his excesses, but now we will never know how far he
could have gone or whether he would have emulated his father in playing
Test cricket.

That is the biggest tragedy of those horrible last moments Tom Maynard spent in Wimbledon on Monday morning.

England can cope without Pietersen, claims batting coach Gooch

England can cope without KP, claims batting coach Gooch



18:09 GMT, 7 June 2012

A wall of water ensured England got by
without Kevin Pietersen on Thursday – but they are already planning for a
permanent future minus their mercurial game-changer in limited-overs

Batting coach Graham Gooch had the
luxury on day one in the third Investec Test against West Indies of
extra time to fine-tune his charges' techniques, should he wish.

Testing time: England's Kevin Pietersen has turned his back on limited-over cricket

Testing time: England's Kevin Pietersen has turned his back on limited-over cricket

After the washout was finally confirmed at teatime at Edgbaston, Gooch also found himself pondering the make-up of the one-day international and Twenty20 squads to face these same opponents and due to be announced at the conclusion of this final Test.

One name which will not be read out is Pietersen's, following his unexpected decision last week to quit ODIs and – because of a clause in his employment contract – T20s too.

Pietersen's welter of more than 4,000 one-day international runs means his restriction to Test cricket only is an obvious loss to his adopted country.

But Gooch appears sanguine about his 50 and 20-over absence, convinced there are other developing talents able to fill Pietersen's boots. 'Life moves on – one door closes, another one opens,' he said.

'You have got to look at it from a team point of view as an opportunity for someone else to make his mark, to represent his country and to win games for his country.

Upbeat: England batting coach Graham Gooch

Upbeat: England batting coach Graham Gooch

'I would personally wish Kevin all the best – obviously he's still going to play Test cricket – in whatever else he does.

'But that chapter of his career is finished now, and we have to look forward.'

Pietersen, 32 later this month, called time on his 'World Cup' career, on the back of two match-winning centuries – having been belatedly moved up to open the innings.

Gooch added: 'I look at it as an opportunity for someone else, for a young player, to grab that chance. You've got to look forward.

'I'd like to think we would find someone who can do the job, absolutely.

'I was always in favour of Kevin Pietersen opening the batting, because I am in favour of putting your best players in first in one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket.

Washout: There was no play on first day of Third Test

Wash-out: There was no play on first day of Third Test

'Get your best players at the top of the order and give them all the overs to make an impact.'

A host of names spring to mind as possible top or middle-order batsmen to face the Windies, who are expected to push England much harder in the shorter formats than they have in a Test series already wrapped up by the hosts after victories at Lord's and Trent Bridge.

Before Darren Sammy's men can retrain their sights, though, they must try to avoid a whitewash here – possibly without the sterling services of their most reliable batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

The limpet left-hander has kept England at bay longer than most this summer, but today went to hospital for a scan on his sore side.

The Windies remain optimistic Chanderpaul may yet be fit to take part, though, a team spokesman saying: 'A day off gives him a chance to see how well he goes.'