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Graham Gooch to help Durham in a Consultancy Role

Graham Gooch has agreed to help Durham County Cricket Club in a consultancy role. In this role he will be available to the Club to advise on a broad range of cricket matters from strategic development of the playing side to individual batting coaching. The arrangement involves Graham having contact with the players on a regular basis throughout the season.

Durham Chairman, Don Robson, said, "This is a very positive step for the Club in that we have acquired access to a man whose achievements at a personal and team level are immensely impressive. His record, together with his current role as an England Selector, means that knowledge and experience of both the national and international scene is available to the Club."

Durham Captain, David Boon, welcomed the appointment: "Durham is a young Club and although good progress was made in 1997 it is always important to seize an opportunity of bringing in more knowledge and experience. The Club and the team will benefit from any input that Graham can give - it is excellent that the Club has been able to secure his services on a regular basis."

The Club has had discussions with Graham over a number of weeks with any arrangements having to be flexible to cater for Grahamís responsibilities as an England Selector and any future involvement with the England Team.

Graham Gooch is looking forward to his involvement, and said, "I wish to help English cricket in every way I can to be successful. Helping Durham to develop its team and local talent to be more successful fits in with the aim of improving the England team. The success achieved at Essex was based on good youth development policies and I am sure that is the way forward for Durham. Durham has asked me for help and I look forward to spending some time with them on a regular basis organised around the England duties."

Graham Gooch leaves England in January, as manager, with the ĎAí Team for a three month tour of Kenya and Sri Lanka. He will spend his first time with the Durham players in the pre-season training early in April.


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