GLOUCESTERSHIRE are hopeful that talented all-rounder Jack Taylor will be able to return to the side for the start of next season.

After starting last season as the club’s first choice spinner in the County Championship, the 22-year-old has been suspended since May after being reported for an illegal bowling action for the second time in 12 months and underwent surgery on his shoulder at the start of the winter.

However, he is not expected to be out of action for long and will continue working on technical adjustments to his bowling action before being tested by the ECB at Loughborough University.

Will Gidman also hopes to make a full recovery in time for the new season after undergoing surgery on his troublesome ankle.

Meanwhile, young seam bowler Craig Miles has been selected for the Potential England Performance Programme this winter.

The 19-year-old, who claimed 43 first class victims at an average of 30.58 last season, will undertake intensive strength and conditioning sessions ahead of a trip to South Africa.

Miles has been selected alongside Somerset’s Craig Overton, Glamorgan’s Mike Reed, Northamptonshire’s Olly Stone and Tom Helm, of Middlesex as fast bowlers in the squad.

They will spend three weeks in Potchefstroom in February doing concentrated bowling under the guidance of experienced county professionals Neil Killeen, Graeme Welch and Glen Chapple.

Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger played for Australia A against England in Hobart last week.

However, his hopes of gaining a place in the full Australia side for the Ashes series this winter were hit when he was trapped lbw by Graeme Swann for 29 in England’s second warm-up match, which ended as a draw.

Klinger was called up after scoring 1,000 runs for Gloucestershire in first class and one-day cricket during the summer and continuing his good form for South Australia Redbacks in the Ryobi Cup.