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Ashes 2013-14: Graham Gooch wants England to notch big innings

Graham Gooch says he would love to see one of the current batsman beat his total of 8900 Test match runs.

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England batting coach Graham Gooch wants to see big hundreds from his charges during the upcoming Ashes campaign.

Alistair Cook's side start their bid for a fourth straight Ashes success at Brisbane on Thursday.

Kevin Pietersen will be playing in his 100th Test at the Gabba, having notched 7,887 runs for England in Test cricket.

He is just over a 1,000 runs shy of Gooch's 8,900 England record, while Cook has scored 7,801 and Ian Bell 6,487.

While Gooch would love to see one of the current batsmen break his record, he believes it is more important to play match-winning innings rather than just pile-up runs.

He told Sky Sports: "In my position I would like to think that they'd be several guys who would pass that (record) because if they do then they'd be doing good things for England.

"My motivation always, having the honour of being involved in the England team, is to help them win cricket matches.

"So, Pietersen and Cook are getting close and I hope they go past my record, and Bell's not that far away either.

"So if they all do well and do that, that'd be good for English cricket."

Hardest

"It's not always about how many runs you score, how many wickets you take - it's how many matches you influence and how many matches you win for your team. And if you get a 'daddy 100' you are a long way towards winning the game for your side."

Graham Gooch

He added: "In batting the first 50 is the hardest to get, you have to get yourself in.

"The second 50 you sort of try and get in your rhythm, the third 50 should be the easiest so when you get a 100, you should go on and get over 150.

"That's a 'daddy 100' because that sort of innings can make a difference for your team, can win you a match.

"And it's not always about how many runs you score, how many wickets you take - it's how many matches you influence and how many matches you win for your team.

"And if you get a 'daddy 100' you are a long way towards winning the game for your side."

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