Feb 222013

JOHN Bracewell is confident all the Gloucestershire players who have spent this winter abroad will benefit from hugely positive experiences.

Some members of the squad, including newcomer Gareth Roderick and Paul Muchall, have already returned to England to begin pre-season training.

Others, such as Ed Young, Ian Cockbain and Jack Taylor, are continuing to enjoy success with their club sides in Australia and New Zealand.

Bracewell said: “Players are starting to head back from their various winters in the sun. Gareth Roderick arrived from South Africa this week and Paul Muchall has returned from New Zealand.

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“James Fuller gets back from New Zealand next week, so the squad is starting to build up, although some of the lads who have stayed at home are taking a short break before the start of pre-season.”

The highlight of Young’s winter was a T20 century. He blasted 106 off just 49 balls for his club side in Adelaide, much to the delight of Gloucestershire’s director of cricket.

Bracewell said: “It’s good to see that Ed has taken the initiative to get more batting by putting himself up to the top of the order in club cricket in Australia.

“That means he is getting to face the new ball and his position in our team often requires him to face the second new ball, so that is valuable experience. Ed is also getting in a lot of bowling and at different stages in an innings. I think he opened the bowling in the same match as he made his T20 century.

“We knew he had it in him to play that sort of innings. It was whether he was prepared to let it out.

“He is a lovely clean striker of a cricket ball, but has tended to soak up a few balls getting in. Obviously he has taken the bowlers on from the word go to get his T20 ton and proved to himself that he can do it.”

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