Alex Gidman returns as Kent batting coach following Worcestershire exit

The 41-year-old, who left New Road after four years at the helm last October, succeeds Ryan ten Doeschate who has departed to pursue franchise opportunities


Kent have appointed ex-Worcestershire head coach Alex Gidman has their new men's batting lead.

The 41-year-old left New Road after four years at the helm last October.

A former Gloucestershire and Pears allrounder with 495 appearances, 17,543 career runs and 183 wickets across formats, Gidman succeeds Ryan ten Doeschate in the role.

As revealed by The Cricketer last month, the former Essex captain the Netherlands international opted to move on after one season - during which Kent won the Royal London Cup - to pursue franchise opportunities.

Gidman himself brings a winning mentality to Canterbury having guided Worcestershire to T20 Blast glory in 2018.


Ryan ten Doeschate is now a regular fixture on the franchise circuit (Harry Trump/Getty Images)

"I'm excited to join Kent cricket ahead of the start of the season," said Gidman, who retired in 2016.

"I'm looking forward to working with a talented group of players. 

"I hope I can bring my experience as a player, captain and coach to help the team perform across all formats and build on the two trophies they have won over the past couple of seasons."

Director of cricket Paul Downton added: "He brings a wealth of cricketing experience with him which I have no doubt will be of benefit to all our batters as well as being an important part of the boot room as we head into the 2023 season."

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