Alastair Cook lifts lid on England’s axing of Graham Gooch

England captain Alastair Cook admits it was tough axing Graham Gooch as batting coach

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Alastair Cook has admitted he found it “incredibly tough” dispensing of the services of England batting coach Graham Gooch.

The former England batsman was relieved of his duties earlier this week after originally joining the coaching set-up in 2009.

There has to be some freshening up – otherwise you get stuck in the past

Alastair Cook

England have undergone a facelift in recent months with Peter Moores succeeding Andy Flower as England head coach after a disastrous Ashes tour.

“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. He’s a great man,” Cook is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Gooch backed Cook as the right man to lead England forward after a difficult six-month period.

“Alastair is the right man to captain England; he commands respect and will always put his body on the line for his country.

“He will face many challenges and have many more tough decisions to make before his journey ends.”

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