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Mark Ramprakash axed as England's batting coach

Mark Ramprakash has been axed as England’s batting coach as reports suggest Graham Thorpe is ready to take the job in time for Ashes this summer.

Ramprakash has been a part of England’s set-up since 2014 and was focusing on the Test team while Thorpe worked regularly with the limited overs sides.

Former Middlesex and Surrey batsman Ramprakash was contracted until the end of the forthcoming season.

But has been ousted following the arrival of new director of men's cricket Ashley Giles.

Ramprakash, who was a part of England’s coaching staff in their 2-1 Test series defeat against the West Indies, tweeted the news on Friday.

"I've just been informed that I will not be involved in the Ashes series," the 49-year-old wrote.

"It's been a huge privilege to support the team over the last 5 years. I'd like to wish all the staff & players the very best of luck for the future."

Ramprakash is the second senior member of the backroom team to leave ahead of head coach Trevor Bayliss' departure at the end of his contract in September.

Bayliss's assistant Paul Farbrace will begin work as Warwickshire's sporting director, succeeding Ashley Giles at Edgbaston after ongoing England's tour of the West Indies.

An ECB spokesman said: "We will finalise the coaching set-up for the Ashes in the next couple of weeks. Mark Ramprakash will not be part of the coaching set-up for the Ashes."