Sunday, August 29th, 2021


Alex Gidman says being part of The Hundred will help his development as Head Coach of Worcestershire and benefit the players at New Road.

Gidman is back at the helm with Worcestershire for the campaign’s final four LV=Insurance County Championship matches.

He was one of the coaches with Birmingham Phoenix who reached the inaugural final at a packed Lord’s.

Gidman said: “I was very fortunate to be involved in it. Over time, I believe there will be quite a few bits and pieces, which I shall be able to use to Worcestershire’s advantage.

“It was great watching and working with some other players, just to see how they go about things, and equally watching and listening to other coaches as well.

“A really good competition to be involved in. Obviously it helped with Birmingham Phoenix doing well, reaching the final, made it really enjoyable.

“But ultimately I think it is going to be really beneficial to my development as a Worcestershire coach.”

Gidman is always keen to broaden his coaching horizons with competitions like The Hundred providing an avenue to achieve that.

He said: “Domestic English cricket is so busy, and full on all year round, that there is actually very little time to sit back and try and learn and try and evolve personally.

“Any snippet of time that I, or we can do that, hopefully it becomes beneficial to the Worcestershire players. That is ultimately what we are trying to do.

Any opportunity myself or the other coaches get, it is really important we make the most of those and try and learn as much as we can when we get the chance.”

Gidman enjoyed working under Phoenix Head Coach, former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori.

He said: “I got on with him very well. Very relaxed and very calm, but also very clear on what we needed to do.”