Alastair Cook reveals difficulties of Graham Gooch decision

Cook: 'It was tough to let Gooch go'
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Alastair Cook admits that it was tough to inform Graham Gooch that he would no longer be England's batting coach.

England captain Alastair Cook has admitted that he found it difficult to tell Graham Gooch that he would no longer be the team's batting coach.

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Thursday that Gooch would step down from his role as part of the changes being made under new head coach Peter Moores.

Cook believes that the need to have a fresh start following a difficult few months on tour was behind the decision to ask his batting mentor leave the England setup.

"To be the guy who rang him up to tell him we're looking to freshen up the coaching staff was incredibly tough for me personally," the 29-year-old told BBC Sport. "He's a great man.

"But we have made the decision which we think will benefit the England cricket team. There has to be some freshening up - otherwise you get stuck in the past."

The ECB have not yet announced who will replace Gooch on a full-time basis.

England captain Alastair Cook during a nets session at the WACA on October 27, 2013
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