England news May 1, 2014

Gooch cut from England batting coach role

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Graham Gooch has been sacked as England's batting coach, the first of England's backroom staff to lose his job since Peter Moores returned, after Alastair Cook decided the set-up needed a new face.

Cook, who has used Gooch as a mentor throughout his career, discussed his decision with him beforehand and the England captain later said he hoped players would still seek out Gooch who is England's Test run-scorer and has been involved with English cricket for almost 40 years as a player through to various coaching and advisory roles.

As recently as this week Gooch was working with Matt Prior at Hove and has also spent considerable time with Michael Carberry early in the season. Known for his incredible work ethic, Gooch gave endless hours of throwdowns - with his patented, remodelled dog thrower - to any batsman who wanted them.

"Firstly we need to thank Goochy, he's been an absolute legend not only for my game but all of our games over the last five years,'' Cook told Sky Sports News. "We all hold him in such high regard, I have a huge amount of respect for him and what he's done for English cricket over a huge amount of time, not only as a player but as a coach.

"We felt it's time to freshen things up and move on. For me, to still have him in my corner, go back to him, talk cricket, work on my game like I've always done. But we need to thank him for his hard work.

"To be part of that decision made it a little bit tougher but we decided we needed to freshen things up. He's still going to be involved behind the scenes, just not so much on matchdays and during the squad.

"A lot of the players have a great relationship with him, on a one-to-one basis as well, not just me. I hope those guys will feel free to go and work with Goochy because we all know the work he does is outstanding.''

Gooch, meanwhile, endorsed Cook as the man to take England forward after their awful winter. "After discussions with Alastair Cook he informed me that he was in favour of change. Although this was sad news, I respect his, and new coach Peter Moores, right to implement this change of direction," he said.

"In my opinion Alastair is the right man to captain England, he commands respect and will always put his body on the line for his country. Over the last decade or so he has been the ultimate professional to work with and it has been an honour to see him develop."

Gooch was named England's batting consultant in November 2009, and took on the role full-time in March 2012. In 2013, he passed on the limited-overs batting responsibilities to Graham Thorpe, to focus his attention on the Test team and the young players coming through for England.

Thorpe is one of the favourites to take on Gooch's position although Mark Ramprakash has also been suggested as a candidate.

Paul Downton, the managing director, England cricket, said: "Graham has been an outstanding coach for England over the last four and a half years and is held in the highest regard by all those who have worked alongside him. On behalf of everyone involved in England cricket I would like to thank him for his incredible commitment."

Meanwhile, Kevin Pietersen also noticed the news of Gooch's departure and could not help but offer himself over Twitter. "Where do I apply for ENG batting coach job? I promise I won't encourage whistling when you get out or trying to change the game!" he posted, in reference to some of the factors mentioned in his sacking by England earlier this year, which reportedly included whistling after being dismissed.

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  • on May 2, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    Love the ECB's complete lack of bottle in all circumstances. We get wiped by a very good australian side, away from home (and nobody else btw) so what do we do?. Fire two coaches with 200 test between them and a wealth of batting knowledge and replace them with 2 guys who know nothing about international cricket or batting at that level. Meanwhile the ECB show all the moral fibre of an ice cream and fire KP instead of telling Cook & Co to grow up, ship in loads of inexperienced players to get smashed and a coach who made 3 captains resign in 12 months last time he was let loose on the England setup. No nerve, common sense or respect for the paying public. Why should I spend £50 on a ticket to watch the 'B' team that Moores will shuffle out based on his county stats ipad? England to lose nearly everything for a long time.

    I suppose Saker was to blame for our bowlers being knackered in Aus and next for the chop?

  • 200ondebut on May 2, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    All the top English batsmen average dropped since he was made perm. It is just a surprise that this hasn't happened sooner.

  • MichaelBurton on May 2, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    Is this the end of English cricket???? OMG Sacking Gooch and taking Farbrace???? I can't believe all these.

  • 2MikeGattings on May 2, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    He had to go, in fact he should have been one of the first out of the door after the winter tour IMO.

  • Dragonboyz on May 1, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    I am from India and dont beleive that England will lose against India in the upcoming series. Most of the players in India that going to come to England are new and though our batting looks somewhat stable in the middle our opening is still bad and bowling is pathetic as always. Ishant Sharma is a waste and Zaheer is no more lethal and I dont know whether he have the fitness for 5 tests. I would be happy if the selectors select some new blood in Bowling department instead of Ishant and Zaheer. England wont beat us like last time but definitely have the experience and batting and bowling power to beat us atleast 4-0 or 3-1.

  • thozar on May 1, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    @serious-am-i, you dont always need experienced players to win. We won in England in 2007 and some of the players who performed in that tour were playing their first tests in England - Dhoni, RP Singh, Karthik, Jaffer, Sreesanth, to name a few. In their 2nd tour in 2011, RPS and Sreesanth failed, Dhoni performed only in one test and Karthik and Jaffer were not selected. Chetan Sharma was a revelation in his first tour in 1986 when we won 2-0 (almost 3-0). India's new batting talent is the envy of other teams. Kohli, Pujara, Rahane, Dhawan, and Rohit are among the best batsmen in the world today and, now that KP has been sacked, better than any England batsman on current form. I think we need another opener instead of Murali Vijay. Bowling is coming along nicely also and I think Zak may retire after the Aussie tour this year.

    England, on the other hand, are a shambles. They have lost all their key back room personnel and their batting is the worst of all teams, worse than even Banglad.

  • JG2704 on May 1, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    Sad for Gooch but maybe he had to go. Both times we were whitewashed it was much more of a batting problem than a bowling one.

    Be interesting to see if the new regime have any new ideas. People say about Australia's revival being mainly due to Johnson - I'd say Lehman played as big a part. The signs were there in England

  • Big_Chikka on May 1, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    graham gooch left on his own terms and the press release was his gift to cook, just to help the young lad get over his perceived weaknesses. make no mistake graham gooch is still a very powerful player in the politics of english cricket.

  • on May 1, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    He simply had to go after England's regular failure to post any substantial scores in Test cricket. After all he was the batting coach. Next up David Saker....

  • serious-am-i on May 1, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    I don't know much around English cricket but I do know how the Indian players function. I'm surprised English fans are praising Indian batsmen & some are even expecting India to win against Eng on their next tour. I would like to set few things straight, the Indian team which will be reaching Eng will be full of new faces with almost minimal to no experience batting in Eng wickets. Indians are not used to playing on swinging wickets. Lets see who didn't even play once in a test in Eng: Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rahane,Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Yadav, these are some of the names which I'm sure will go through if they are fit even if they do poorly in upcoming tour. I would be surprised if even India manages to draw a single test considering their recent away stints. Gone are those days when Indian players used to play in the counties which would have helped them .. like Sachin, Sourav, Dravid, Zaheer & so forth..

    Back on the topic, I never liked Cook's captaincy, period

  • on May 2, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    Love the ECB's complete lack of bottle in all circumstances. We get wiped by a very good australian side, away from home (and nobody else btw) so what do we do?. Fire two coaches with 200 test between them and a wealth of batting knowledge and replace them with 2 guys who know nothing about international cricket or batting at that level. Meanwhile the ECB show all the moral fibre of an ice cream and fire KP instead of telling Cook & Co to grow up, ship in loads of inexperienced players to get smashed and a coach who made 3 captains resign in 12 months last time he was let loose on the England setup. No nerve, common sense or respect for the paying public. Why should I spend £50 on a ticket to watch the 'B' team that Moores will shuffle out based on his county stats ipad? England to lose nearly everything for a long time.

    I suppose Saker was to blame for our bowlers being knackered in Aus and next for the chop?

  • 200ondebut on May 2, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    All the top English batsmen average dropped since he was made perm. It is just a surprise that this hasn't happened sooner.

  • MichaelBurton on May 2, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    Is this the end of English cricket???? OMG Sacking Gooch and taking Farbrace???? I can't believe all these.

  • 2MikeGattings on May 2, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    He had to go, in fact he should have been one of the first out of the door after the winter tour IMO.

  • Dragonboyz on May 1, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    I am from India and dont beleive that England will lose against India in the upcoming series. Most of the players in India that going to come to England are new and though our batting looks somewhat stable in the middle our opening is still bad and bowling is pathetic as always. Ishant Sharma is a waste and Zaheer is no more lethal and I dont know whether he have the fitness for 5 tests. I would be happy if the selectors select some new blood in Bowling department instead of Ishant and Zaheer. England wont beat us like last time but definitely have the experience and batting and bowling power to beat us atleast 4-0 or 3-1.

  • thozar on May 1, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    @serious-am-i, you dont always need experienced players to win. We won in England in 2007 and some of the players who performed in that tour were playing their first tests in England - Dhoni, RP Singh, Karthik, Jaffer, Sreesanth, to name a few. In their 2nd tour in 2011, RPS and Sreesanth failed, Dhoni performed only in one test and Karthik and Jaffer were not selected. Chetan Sharma was a revelation in his first tour in 1986 when we won 2-0 (almost 3-0). India's new batting talent is the envy of other teams. Kohli, Pujara, Rahane, Dhawan, and Rohit are among the best batsmen in the world today and, now that KP has been sacked, better than any England batsman on current form. I think we need another opener instead of Murali Vijay. Bowling is coming along nicely also and I think Zak may retire after the Aussie tour this year.

    England, on the other hand, are a shambles. They have lost all their key back room personnel and their batting is the worst of all teams, worse than even Banglad.

  • JG2704 on May 1, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    Sad for Gooch but maybe he had to go. Both times we were whitewashed it was much more of a batting problem than a bowling one.

    Be interesting to see if the new regime have any new ideas. People say about Australia's revival being mainly due to Johnson - I'd say Lehman played as big a part. The signs were there in England

  • Big_Chikka on May 1, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    graham gooch left on his own terms and the press release was his gift to cook, just to help the young lad get over his perceived weaknesses. make no mistake graham gooch is still a very powerful player in the politics of english cricket.

  • on May 1, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    He simply had to go after England's regular failure to post any substantial scores in Test cricket. After all he was the batting coach. Next up David Saker....

  • serious-am-i on May 1, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    I don't know much around English cricket but I do know how the Indian players function. I'm surprised English fans are praising Indian batsmen & some are even expecting India to win against Eng on their next tour. I would like to set few things straight, the Indian team which will be reaching Eng will be full of new faces with almost minimal to no experience batting in Eng wickets. Indians are not used to playing on swinging wickets. Lets see who didn't even play once in a test in Eng: Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rahane,Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Yadav, these are some of the names which I'm sure will go through if they are fit even if they do poorly in upcoming tour. I would be surprised if even India manages to draw a single test considering their recent away stints. Gone are those days when Indian players used to play in the counties which would have helped them .. like Sachin, Sourav, Dravid, Zaheer & so forth..

    Back on the topic, I never liked Cook's captaincy, period

  • on May 1, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    no flower, no goochie, no king of spain ... yoiu won't make this team better by firing everyone who works for it (and, this time last year, had beaten india in india and was soon to beat australia)

  • jb633 on May 1, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    It will really not matter if we have Moores, Gooch, Flower or whoever in the coaching roles. The problems we have are the players are very very average. No extreme talents in the country, I would given anything to have an Indian third string batting line up or even an Aus 3rd string seam attack. The lack of a spinning option and anyone who can change the game in a session with the bat will kill us against any side worth their salt. I felt sorry for Flower although I thought his time was up. Moores will probably fail, result wise and yet the players wont get blamed. How is Cook still in charge?? I love him as a player but there is more inspiration from watching paint dry than listening to him speak. We need someone who is in your face and aggressive. If Warner was English I would make him captain. I'm sick of us sitting back in our development. Why can't we take the initiative and do things our own way, not wait 10 years and try to play catch up with the rest?

  • IMCG67 on May 1, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    What is of concern is how much power an England captain is seemingly allowed to wield ! Given a significant number of the younger players said KP was a big help but was still shown the door, given the issues getting a compatible opening partner even though Nick Compton did little wrong and now Graham Gooch being ousted it makes me start to question what the real issue is !

  • on May 1, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    Prediction Time. Paul Downton and Moores will lead England down a dead end streat, they will be hammered by all and sundry 'till the powers that be see sense and sack them both. They will be disasterous.

  • Insightful2013 on May 1, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Just wondering if the fundamentals of batting has changed? Gooch who epitomizes professionalism, fitness, technique and the appetite for huge scores is being dismissed? Can't imagine anyone more qualified on the planet, who is more qualified. Batting remains the same, concentration! Gooch, was one of the very few who could handle any type of bowling. Windies quicks or Indian spinners with aplomb. He changed modern batting by eliminating back lift to better cope with extreme quicks and also the speed with which he made runs. Never saw anyone before with his batting stance. Probably was, but I hadn't seen them and it was done primarily to cope with much faster and better bowlers than exist today. This is an innovative person, exactly the kind, that England needs. He trained harder and lasted longer. Do not reinvent the wheel! I think this is about distraction to prevent people from focusing on where the real problems lie. With the ECB and Cook himself! That's who needs replacing!

  • PACERONE on May 1, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    What has made Cook such a powerhouse in the backroom?His performance as captain and batsman was atrocious against Australia.He keeps his job and seems to be wielding more power as he has the most experience and know how in not getting things done.He is best at sound bites.He praises Gooch but still wants to get rid of him.Now the new man will know that Gooch is still been asked for advise.very funny situation.

  • Tricky59 on May 1, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Am I the only one who is having difficulty in actually believing that this was Cook's decision?

  • cloudmess on May 1, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Collingwood won't be involved because - guess what? - he didn't rate Moores in his previous stint. Alongside England's 2 other captains at that time, Pietersen and Vaughan. Getting rid of Gooch: I think it's better that anyone with international pedigree stand aside in order to allow the current little dark period which English cricket is entering to play it itself out. Hopefully after 18 months to 2 years of mediocre results, meaningless sound-bites, and general stagnation, most of the current staff will be booted out and we'll take some bolder and braver steps again to put English cricket back on the right path. The ECB's response to the 0-5 Ashes has ended up with a few talentless men looking after their jobs, and it has been a little short of disgraceful.

  • southstoke49 on May 1, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    I predict the summer will go like this: We may (unfortunately) beat Sri Lanka mainly due to having some decent bowlers, such as Anderson, who the conditions suit as it will be May. They also will have a new coach as we pinched the last one (shameful to be English) and may not be a settled team yet.

    I imagine we will lose, but not heavily enough for a change, against India and the inevitable poor showing in the World Cup will be put down to new methods and personnel. Also a 'focus on the ashes' excuse will probably be rolled out along with 'ODI not being our best format'. It is only when we lose 5-0 again to Australia in 2016 at home that finally the influence of Downton, Flower, Cook and Moores will be shed and we can finally move onto being an exciting and progressive team again. Only 2 years to go..... Meanwhile I am supporting anyone else.

  • on May 1, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    One down about 15 to go. Number of support staff is ridiculous

  • Martensad on May 1, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Yes, remarkable that the one bloke who should have gone is still there, and doing the sacking himself. Anyway....they should get Nasser Hussain, if they can prise him away from Sky.

  • Lion83 on May 1, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Sri Lanka will clean sweeep England in ODIs like they did in 2006 and Test Series will be 1-1.

  • steve48 on May 1, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    No real issues with Gooch going, but everyone seems to have lost their job except Cook, who has been praised and effectively promoted, in authority certainly. It is not as if he was new to the job, having captained us 14 times, including 7 winter tests touring, and in around 50 ODIs, before this disaster, in which we knew everything about the opposition by the way, other than MJ learning to bowl straight again! Not masses of experience, ok, but enough to have his ability questioned in the face of what was basically an implosion.

  • on May 1, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    To inform Gooch beforehand and the honourable way this change has been made reflects very well on Cook; the right way to handle a sacking. My respect for Cook has just increased.

    So a dignified farewell to Gooch as batting coach contrasted with Pietersen's boorishness.

  • rezmata on May 1, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    If England needed a freshen things up Cook should step down as captain foremost!!! Bring some dynamic players like Morgan in, now that Peterson is not in. The batting line ups is too orthodox, easily playing into the bowlers hands.

  • ruester on May 1, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    How is Cook still in the job? I think most supporters are totally dissillusioned with him and his methods. My respect for him has dissolved, the one man who should of lost his job was him. The fact that England lost the Ashes is not the main issue, it's the way he captained and the spirit that the side displayed. KP was far from the only disaffected one in that team. Cooks performance was shocking through out the tour, it's a shame that he can't shoulder the blame.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on May 1, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Gracious comments from Gooch. With regard to dunger.bob's comments, for some time now it seems as if the baby has been thrown out instead of the bath water.

  • on May 1, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    Think outside of the square England - give Marin Crowe a call to see if he might consider the vacant position. Now there's a thought!

  • Rastus on May 1, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Alaister Cooke is right about needing new faces, especially in the position of captain, a role he has made blatantly obvious he is not suited. He is a good opening batsman but an awful captain.

  • Front-Foot_lunge on May 1, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    As an England fan, watching the Aussies humiliate us to the tune of 5 - 0, was bad enough. What is worse is that only 1 century was score for the entire team! In fact, Nathan Lyon, the Aussie #11 averaged more than the English specialist batmen. The fact Gooch, the batting coach, hung on for so long, especially after a defeat like that, is testament to how rusted up the workings of English cricket are. We have much to learn from Australia, once again.

  • MarkTaffin on May 1, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    @ TripleCenturian. Don't think so. Prior to Moores getting the job back, Colly was hopping about as a potential candidate to be part of the new team, retiring at the end of this season. As soon as Moores gets the job, Colly announces he quite fancies playing again next season. Conclusion: Colly is keeping out of the way and staying with Durham until Moores is sacked after next year's Ashes.

  • Herath-UK on May 1, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Wonder whether all wheels are coming off one by one? All new heads in place, will Sri Lanka find it harder or easier, waiting to see.

  • RoBoBobster on May 1, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    KP for batting coach!!! he'll soon have Cook reverse ramping Steyn for 6!!!

  • southstoke49 on May 1, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Just look at Chris Rogers and his recent batting for Middlesex. All top players seem to need is the right motivation. I am afraid Flower and Cook seemed to kill it for England like a deflated balloon. Unfortunately they are the still ones with the majority of power and I am not sure Moores will change anything much-that is why they appointed him. Give it 12 months & the new selections will be just as jaded as the ones they have got rid of or retired. Totally admire Swann for getting out when he did, shame Bell can't do the same.

  • TripleCenturian on May 1, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    re Colly and Moores "history", I think both have moved on and Moores admits he made mistakes last time around so should come back the better for the experience. Colly has also started to be involved as a coach and will have seen things from the other side of the fence. Re Cook as skipper, I would have ditched him too if I could find a better alternative but frankly until Joe Root starts shaving, there isnt one. Bell as skipper? Sorry, not a chance or he should have been doing it long before now on a more regular basis, and ahead of Broad with England in one dayers.

  • unclelen on May 1, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Mark Ramprakash as batting coach? Yes, he could bring his experience as a confident Test player to the batsmen. How to get to 30 and out in four hours.

  • PeerieTrow on May 1, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    Interesting observation on the role of coaches @C&C. To my mind, the function of, and nature of intervention by coaches must vary with the experience and expertise of those being coached. Unfortunately, not all with their framed coaching diplomas hung on the wall can implement the radically different approaches to cater for (1) the higher level of engagement required to help mould the inexperienced, (2) the ongoing guidance required by those with experience who are still developing, and (3) diplomatically observing on minor changes that MIGHT assist the highly experienced, time served professional. "I'm the coach so my way is the right way", has never been either a valid or productive approach.

  • on May 1, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Cook it is like this when you and your team does not play well, it always try to find reason after reason for this ,now it is turn of Gooch It is better go to basics of how handle people then every things goes well. One thing is certain all is not well with English cricket team and to certain to large extent you are responsible for this.

  • dunger.bob on May 1, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    And the after-shocks continue to rumble. .. I'm still not quite over how much that tour shook you guys up. Amazing!

    I think some changes had to be made, that's for sure, but dudes, you've got to know when to stop! You're in danger of chucking the baby out with the bath water. If you haven't already done so that is. I'm not trying to defend Gooch, he probably deserves his fate, but I think some of the other decisions were a bit hasty.

    Re Cook: I'm with @Nutcutlet on that. I think you should give him a chance to have a decent crack at it - his way. It's sounds as though he might have been a bit stifled before so he deserves to show you what he's got without undue interference from the dressing room. .. see what happens, he may turn out better than many here seem to think.

  • CodandChips on May 1, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    I just wonder whether we need batting and bowling "coaches". If you playing elite level how much tinkering will you need. If you have too many technical flaws, you should really not be in the side. Players should consult their county coaches if they have issues. Perhaps someone like Collingwood would be ideal as a batting and fielding mentor.Someone who can give help and guidance and help improve the team atmosphere.

    Re Cook as captain I feel he deserves his chance. I see the argument about a clean slate, but I feel in the previous regime he was trying to emualte Strauss too much rather than go his own way. Don't forget he led the team well in India, which was quite an achievement.

  • YorkshirePudding on May 1, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    @Andrew Jon Dodds, that's not strictly true Gooch was involved in as a batting coach from 2009 on, however it was a more informal arrangement, only settled on after the 2010/11 ashes win in aus, even then the batting didn't start to go down hill until it fell off the rails last year.

    To simply blame the coach for players not performing is wrong, its a combination of a number of things, a coach cannot make a player score runs or prevent them at playing good deliveries, that is the players fault.

  • MarkTaffin on May 1, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    To those who think Collingwood will be involved, forget it: Collingwood was one of Moores biggest critics during his first stint, and Colly was particularly upset by Moores lack of support for his ODI captaincy against NZ in 2008.

  • YorkshirePudding on May 1, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer, surely the first question is who of the current England players is good enough to captain a side, of those that are in contention only Bell really has the seniority and stability in the side.

    I cant think of anyone in the counties that has captaincy experience AND justifies a call up based on the weight of runs.

    This is a flaw in the Central contracts, the younger players don't get experience of in the field captaincy as they cant learn at the lower levels when drafted in to the England set up.

  • on May 1, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Get rid of your best batsman out of the team, and literally the biggest run getter in the history of the game out of your support staff. /englandlogic

  • YorkshirePudding on May 1, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Not much of a surprise with a new head coach coming in, I expect we might also see other changes to the coaching staff over the next 12-18 months as contracts for the backroom staff are renegotiated.

    One of the favorites to take the vacant batch coach post has to be Thorpe who worked with the ODI squad in NZ last year, though there are probably a few left field options as well.

  • Charlie101 on May 1, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    @TripleCenturian Great idea to get Collingwood involved in the England set up . He will do a great job and eventually with a bit more experience would make a excellent England Coach

  • Nutcutlet on May 1, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    Alistair Cook as captain is something that still sticks in the craw of many seasoned England supporters and followers.@ EdwinD sums up our view succinctly. IMO, however, he deserves a second chance because the dynamic at the top of England's cricket has changed completely. The way is clear for AC to put his confident stamp on the captaincy without deferring to the sages now departed. He has seniority through date of appointment over Moores and Farbrace - and whoever will take Gooch's place as batting coach. Moreover, there's no one else who could realistically take on the captaincy. Cook has a clear run. Now he is truly, not just nominally, in charge. In the interest of fairness, let's see what he makes of it.

  • on May 1, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    Why do international batsman need a batting coach? - surely they should KNOW how to bat and should be able to sort themselves out - a mentor/advisor yes but not a coach. Don't understand why Moores is back that will be a disaster again - Flower was a great coach/manager and Gooch clearly had some great influence over the players. This knee jerk reaction in getting rid of "management" because the players cannot play is just not cricket (football yes but not cricket).

  • on May 1, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Given that there seems to have been an inverse relationship between Gooch's involvement and England's batting performances, he should have gone a long time ago. Given that he's been a divisive character as well (Past form including things like rebel tours, way worse than anything a certain KP has ever been involved in)..

    I'd like to see a new captain.. but quite frankly there's a serious shortage of candidates. Broad is about the only other.

  • MarkTaffin on May 1, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    The problem with replacing Cook is that there are no serious candidates. Sadly, Cooky keeps the job by default.

  • CricketingStargazer on May 1, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    @EdwinD Agreed. In Nasser Hussain, Michael Vaughan and Anrew Strauss England had three captains who could turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. The suspicion remains with Cook that he is more likely to invert the process.

    The problema is, who of current county captains is good enough to get into the side and replace him? The only one seems to be Ian Bell and England have made ot abundantly clear that he is not even an option. You could make a case for making Matt Prior captain, but he is far from certain to be fit to play and has to win his place back anyway.

  • ruester on May 1, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    Australian batting coach please, you don't need to look much further than. Langer, Hayden, Gilchrist, Waughs, Martyn, katich. All of these guys managed to score runs all over the world, including in England. All would have massive respect from the current. England players. Whilst we are at it, maybe a new captain would be a VERY good idea.

  • on May 1, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    This must have been quite hard for Cook given Gooch was his mentor at Essex since he was very young. A brave decision, but the right one.

  • jimbond on May 1, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Flower is gone and Gooch is gone. Why does Cook persist as captain? Wouldn't it be better to start from a clean slate?

  • EdwinD on May 1, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    "In my opinion Alastair is the right man to captain England, he commands respect and will always put his body on the line for his country"

    That may well be true, but in terms of astuteness, being pro-active, planning, and strategic nous Cook is woefully inadequate.

  • MarkTaffin on May 1, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Excellent news. Gooch was tainted with the disaster of last winter and was culpable in his failure to get the batsmens' techniques right.

    Thorpe would seem the logical promotion, though I'm not too sure he can escape the Giles debacle. Also, isn't there an issue about his desire to commit to a full touring programme?

  • TripleCenturian on May 1, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    The right time for him to go with the other changes. Plus his approach is similar to the style of the previous Aussie regime where it was all about working hard, fitness and practice and less about spontaneous thinking, fun and team spirit. Thorpe must be in the frame to replace him, if not get Collingwood involved as batting and fielding coach to save on number of back room staff.

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  • TripleCenturian on May 1, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    The right time for him to go with the other changes. Plus his approach is similar to the style of the previous Aussie regime where it was all about working hard, fitness and practice and less about spontaneous thinking, fun and team spirit. Thorpe must be in the frame to replace him, if not get Collingwood involved as batting and fielding coach to save on number of back room staff.

  • MarkTaffin on May 1, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Excellent news. Gooch was tainted with the disaster of last winter and was culpable in his failure to get the batsmens' techniques right.

    Thorpe would seem the logical promotion, though I'm not too sure he can escape the Giles debacle. Also, isn't there an issue about his desire to commit to a full touring programme?

  • EdwinD on May 1, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    "In my opinion Alastair is the right man to captain England, he commands respect and will always put his body on the line for his country"

    That may well be true, but in terms of astuteness, being pro-active, planning, and strategic nous Cook is woefully inadequate.

  • jimbond on May 1, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Flower is gone and Gooch is gone. Why does Cook persist as captain? Wouldn't it be better to start from a clean slate?

  • on May 1, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    This must have been quite hard for Cook given Gooch was his mentor at Essex since he was very young. A brave decision, but the right one.

  • ruester on May 1, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    Australian batting coach please, you don't need to look much further than. Langer, Hayden, Gilchrist, Waughs, Martyn, katich. All of these guys managed to score runs all over the world, including in England. All would have massive respect from the current. England players. Whilst we are at it, maybe a new captain would be a VERY good idea.

  • CricketingStargazer on May 1, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    @EdwinD Agreed. In Nasser Hussain, Michael Vaughan and Anrew Strauss England had three captains who could turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. The suspicion remains with Cook that he is more likely to invert the process.

    The problema is, who of current county captains is good enough to get into the side and replace him? The only one seems to be Ian Bell and England have made ot abundantly clear that he is not even an option. You could make a case for making Matt Prior captain, but he is far from certain to be fit to play and has to win his place back anyway.

  • MarkTaffin on May 1, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    The problem with replacing Cook is that there are no serious candidates. Sadly, Cooky keeps the job by default.

  • on May 1, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Given that there seems to have been an inverse relationship between Gooch's involvement and England's batting performances, he should have gone a long time ago. Given that he's been a divisive character as well (Past form including things like rebel tours, way worse than anything a certain KP has ever been involved in)..

    I'd like to see a new captain.. but quite frankly there's a serious shortage of candidates. Broad is about the only other.

  • on May 1, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    Why do international batsman need a batting coach? - surely they should KNOW how to bat and should be able to sort themselves out - a mentor/advisor yes but not a coach. Don't understand why Moores is back that will be a disaster again - Flower was a great coach/manager and Gooch clearly had some great influence over the players. This knee jerk reaction in getting rid of "management" because the players cannot play is just not cricket (football yes but not cricket).