Mark Ramprakash to work with England Lions

Ramprakash to work with Lions
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Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash will work with the England Lions as a stand-in batting coach while Graham Thorpe takes coaching exams.

Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash has been drafted in to work with the England Lions.

Ramprakash will work as a stand-in batting coach with England's second-string team while the man he is deputising, Graham Thorpe, takes coaching exams.

The 42-year-old is expected to work with young and developing players while Graham Gooch will take care of the senior side.

"Mark has been involved for the first time on the performance programme at Loughborough," ECB performance director David Parsons told The Guardian.

"We're going to have another 17 cricketers out in India in addition to the team who are already there, and we just feel that to ask one coach (Gooch) to provide batting support for all those guys would be too much - especially with the importance of developing skills against spin bowling."

Ramprakash played 52 Tests and 18 ODIs for England, but is best known for his county career during which he scored over 35,000 runs including 114 centuries.

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