Cricket: It is a big winter for Gloucestershire seamers, says Will Gidman
WINTER pain could lead to a summer of gain for Gloucestershire’s seam bowlers, according to all-rounder Will Gidman.
The 28-year-old took 50 wickets at an average of 22.54 in the County Championship last season but struggled with an ankle problem and is set to undergo surgery on it.
Gidman was not the only member of Gloucestershire’s attack to struggle with injuries and he believes they need to work hard together on strength and conditioning to be in top shape for next season, which he hopes will lead to more consistent selection.
He said: “Some of our young seamers had a stop-start summer with injuries, which I know from experience makes things very difficult.
“But they have all shown their potential at times. It is a very important winter for the club to get these guys fit and strong, so our bowling unit can get through an entire season.
“We don’t have the luxury of a huge squad like some other clubs so it is vital that all our bowlers use the winter sensibly in the gym and on the track, making sure we are ready to take a full part in 2014.
“If all of us are firing we have a great chance of achieving some success. But we have to face facts and we have been saying that for the last couple of years.
“We haven’t been able to keep the same bowling attack together for long enough periods of time. Northants managed to do that with their bowlers this season and reaped the rewards.
“I think we are going in the right direction. Our batsmen had a wonderful season and the bowlers did okay.
“We are learning and gaining experience. If we can only stay on the park more regularly next year it could be a very good one for us.”
Gidman has high hopes for 18-year-old seam bowler Craig Miles, who took 43 first class wickets in his breakthrough season.
“I’m thrilled for Craig because he is still very young, but enjoyed a fantastic season,” said Gidman.
“You could see from the filmed highlights of his performances shown at our annual awards evening how strong he is already and the weight of the ball he bowls.
“He hits the bat hard and produced some cracking deliveries, which showed what he is capable of in the future.
“With a good winter behind him in the gym, he will be even stronger and I’m sure we will see him progress into a very fine player.”
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