ALL-ROUNDER Paul Muchall is hoping a winter abroad will help him challenge for a place in Gloucestershire’s side next season.

The former Durham man, who made four first class and two CB40 appearances for Gloucestershire after joining them at the start of the season, will play and coach at Auckland-based club Birkenhead in New Zealand during the winter.

He said: “It will be my first experience of playing in New Zealand. I have spent the last few winters coaching in Hong Kong so it will be different conditions for me.

“I am looking forward to playing in a good standard of cricket and also adopting a development officer role in four local schools.

“Next summer I hope to secure a first team place in all forms of cricket. We have an improving squad and there is a lot to look forward to.”

Meanwhile, Gloucestershire pace bowler Ian Saxelby has discovered that he will not require knee surgery after he missed the end of last season.