Pietersen: Gooch is a legend

KP delighted with batting coach appointment

By Joe Drabble.   Last Updated: 08/12/09 10:50am

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Pietersen: Gooch praise

Pietersen: Gooch praise

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Kevin Pietersen has spoken of his delight at the appointment of Graham Gooch as England's new batting coach.

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"I had a chat with him (Gooch), and he talked a heck of a lot of sense."
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England's leading Test match run-scorer of all-time has accepted the position on a part-time basis and will work with the players throughout the forthcoming series against South Africa.

Gooch, who scored 8,900 Test runs for England from 1975-95, spoke with the players for the first time on Monday as preparations for the first Test at Centurion continue to be hampered by rain.

And his appointment has been given a ringing endorsement from Pietersen, who has labelled the 56-year-old coach "a legend".

He said: "I was very, very impressed by the chat he had with the team - the simplicity in the way he went about his business and how he understands batting.

"The legend that the man is, it will do wonders for the group of batters we have.

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"I had a chat with him, and he talked a heck of a lot of sense."

The South Africa-born batsman also believes he, Gooch and head coach Andy Flower are all on the same wavelength in terms of the way they approach batting.

"I really, really enjoyed what he said - so I look forward to working with Goochie in a big, big way over the next few weeks," he added.

"The way he thinks is pretty similar to the way (England head coach) Andy Flower thinks, and the way I think - how simple batting is, but the hard work you have to put in and the mental side and the concentration.

"It all makes sense. You've got to back your own ability. In international sport, that is fundamental to success.

"As soon as you go out there doubting yourself or your team-mates, that is not a recipe for success."

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