Ramprakash handed Lions role

Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash is to work as a stand-in batting coach with the England Lions.

The 42-year-old, who played 52 Tests and 18 one-day internationals, has agreed to work with the England second string when they embark on a training camp that runs parallel with the full side's Test tour.

Ramprakash, who retired from first-class cricket in July after a long career with Middlesex and Surrey, will deputise for the ECB's lead batting coach Graham Thorpe, who has coaching exams.

Thorpe works primarily with young and developing players, while the senior side travel with Graham Gooch as batting consultant.

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

"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."