The England Cricket Board has appointed former Middlesex and Surrey batsman Mark Ramprakash as the batting coach for the England men’s cricket team. Ramprakash is expected to take up the role across all three formats ahead of England’s one-day tour of Sri Lanka this month.

This is a crucial announcement by the ECB as the 2015 World Cup is just over 100 days ahead. Ramprakash made 114 first-class centuries in a 25-year playing career. However, he was termed as a flop in the International arena as he averaged only 27.30 in his 52 tests with the help of two tons.

Since his retirement from playing in 2012 he has used his experience as a coach and has been working with Middlesex’s batsmen. Since Graham Gooch left the English team in May, he has been working with the English team on a part-time basis.