TALK of Will Gidman earning England recognition may be doing the rounds in the Gloucestershire dressing room, but the man himself is taking no notice.
The 29-year-old all-round ace has enjoyed a stellar start to the summer with both the bat and more importantly the ball.
His bowling efforts in the rain-affected draw with Glamorgan last month not only earned him hugely-impressive statistics it also gained two public endorsements.
After claiming match figures of nine for 84, county skipper Michael Klinger and senior pro Hamish Marshall backed the younger of Gloucestershire’s Gidman brothers to knock on the door for England selection.
And while Gidman is no different from every cricketer on the circuit in having ambitions to play for his country, he is not taking the kind words of his teammates too seriously.
Speaking at the launch of the 2014 Brewin Dolphin Cheltenham Cricket Festival yesterday, Gidman said: “Credit is not something I look for, it’s genuinely something that doesn’t bother me.
“I just want to get wickets when I’m bowling and runs when I am batting.
“There were some very nice comments made, but it’s important that I take them with a pinch of salt.
“I am happy that my captain is talking about me in a positive manner and that a senior teammate is backing me as well, as these guys see you performing all the time.
“For them to say it means I must be doing something right and it’s nice that they genuinely feel that’s where I should be as that’s an amazing compliment.
“But it’s important that I don’t get carried away. There are some incredibl y talented guys on the circuit knocking on England’s door and I don’t think I am one of them.
“Outside of our dressing room I don’t get talked about and I am fine with that. I am more than happy to be playing for Gloucestershire and doing well.”
Gidman burst onto the scene with a record-breaking performance in the 2011 season after a number of frustrating seasons on the fringes at Durham.
In his debut first-class season he hit 1,000 runs and took 50 wickets, becoming the first English player to record the feat in more than 20 years.
His bowling has been the model of consistency since and he heads in to Sunday’s game against Surrey with an impressive haul of 169 wickets at an average of 21.15.
Consistency is something that the former Wycliffe College student believes is vital as he looks to achieve his ambitions on a personal level and for the collective.
He said: “I was confident coming into the year as I had a really solid pre-season and I’ve been really pleased with my consistency so far.
“It’s been nice to get some wickets and a decent 50 in the first game of the season.
“The key now is to remain consistent. I am a cricketer that doesn’t like going through phases during the season.
“I want to be consistently performing throughout the season rather than brilliant at one point of the campaign and not performing in another.”
“If I am doing that and then something came along where I had the chance to move my career on, then great.
“I am doing my best every day to try and be a success, and of course it’s an ambition to play for England.
“But more than that I want to try to play consistently and try to be a success in every game that I am playing.
“If that means that I am pushing my case forward to be in the frame for England then great, but I would be just as happy if it meant winning trophies for Gloucestershire.”