Ramprakash back at Middlesex

19 December 2012 11:50:26 EST

Mark Ramprakash has returned to Middlesex to become the County Championship title hopefuls' batting coach.

Former England batsman Ramprakash, who quit first-class cricket midway through the 2012 season at the age of 42, replaces Australian Mark O'Neill, who is returning to his homeland after three years.

Ramprakash, who has signed a two-year deal at Lord's, said: "Middlesex is the club that gave me the chance to achieve what I have in cricket and I am delighted to be able to return to work with and help the current and next generation of Middlesex cricketers.

"I am excited by the talent in the current crop of players and look forward to contributing to the club in my new role."

Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser believes his former county colleague will be a fine addition to the coaching staff.

Ramprakash has just spent a fortnight with England's performance programme in India, working under the England and Wales Cricket Board's lead batting coach Graham Thorpe.

"He will offer our batsman something different," said Fraser.

"As a professional cricketer his attention to detail and work ethic were second to none.

"Though he was naturally gifted it was not good fortune that allowed him to score more than 50,000 professional runs. A love of cricket, fierce desire and hard work were the cocktail of ingredients.

"It is Mark's love of the art of batting that makes me believe he will become an outstanding coach."

Middlesex, who finished third in Division One last season, are 50/1 to claim the County Championship pennant in 2013.

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