Changes made at New Road

06 March 2018 09:59:29 EST

Former player Alex Gidman is Worcestershire's new second XI coach following a winter of upheaval at New Road.

Gidman will slot into the role after Matt Mason's departure and the replacement of Steve Rhodes as head coach by Kevin Sharp. Alan Richardson recently took on the bowling coach duties previously undertaken by Mason.

Former Gloucestershire captain Gidman featured for Worcestershire for just one season - their top-flight campaign in 2015.

"He is a wise man, he is a smart man, he has got captaincy experience, he is an outside of the box thinker, he sometimes thinks of things others wouldn't think if and I've always enjoyed that in Alex," said Sharp.

"He will complement our coaching team and bring a dynamic to it, a way of thinking, that will challenge us. That is just brilliant. The lads will be delighted with his appointment. It will motivate the group enormously."

Worcestershire vice-chairman Tim Curtis, who headed up the team making new appointments this winter, said: "It is a really outstanding appointment with real potential to add additional quality to the whole coaching set-up.

"He is a person with a hunger for learning and understanding as much about what makes people be successful and thrive under pressure.

"He is delighted to be back at Worcestershire. Obviously his spell here and his career was cut short through injury but he is relishing working at the club in a different capacity."

Meanwhile, England are 4/5 to win the fourth ODI against New Zealand.

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