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Gooch to focus on Test team

England's management have confirmed that batting coach Graham Gooch will focus exclusively on the Test side in the future.

Gooch's move mirrors that made by team director Andy Flower, who handed over the reins of the one-day and Twenty20 teams to Ashley Giles before Christmas.

Former Surrey and England batsman Graham Thorpe will take over as batting coach for the upcoming one-day tour of New Zealand - he has been working with the England Lions since October 2010.

Hugh Morris, the ECB's managing director of cricket, said: "Graham Gooch is going to focus now on Test cricket and on preparing batsmen for Test matches.

"We would like to focus on that area of the game. We've got back to back Ashes series coming up and a five-Test series against India in 2014.

"That's an enormous amount of very high-profile Test cricket and Graham will be focusing his attention on working one on one with our Test players.

"Graham Thorpe, who has been working with the performances programme and the Lions will be going as the one-day coach to New Zealand.

"(Thorpe's role) is for this tour initially and then we'll assess the situation at the end of that.

"We're very fortunate to have two (batting coaches) who've played 100 Test matches for England. Graham Thorpe is a very experienced one-day cricketer and Graham will have worked with a lot of the players who are going to New Zealand.

"He's made a really good impression as a batting coach and he's really looking forward to it."