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The Hamish Marshall column: Will Gidman for England - why not?

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

By Hamish Marshall

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I have been in England long enough now not to get too frustrated by weather, but it certainly didn't do us any favours in Cardiff.

We played some good cricket to get ourselves in a position where we could control the game, and we then capitalised to get Glamorgan nine down with only a 59-run lead.

Another hour of play would probably have been enough for us to win the game, so getting only nine points instead of 20 was pretty hard to take.

I suppose it's a case of swings and roundabouts, as I'm sure there will be some times during the season where it suits us to have rain.

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Overall it was pleasing to come back with a strong performance after the Hampshire defeat and I thought our bowlers in particular did a great job.

Keeping Glamorgan to such low totals was a great effort and they really hunted in packs, although Will Gidman was again our stand-out performer with nine wickets in the match.

What a signing he has been from Durham, where he hardly played any first-class cricket and was getting more and more frustrated. Sometimes it just needs someone to be given an opportunity, and the fact that he can score runs as well makes him the complete player for us.

Will is like a bowling machine. He just keeps putting the ball in the right spot and is obviously a key part of our attack.

He is our most senior bowler and really leads by example, and I thought Matt Taylor and James Fuller were outstanding at times when bowling in tandem with him.

Will is one of the better all-rounders on the circuit and I'm quite surprised his name doesn't get mentioned more often with regards to England honours.

I imagine he is the first name on our team sheet in the Championship and we're delighted to have him at Gloucestershire, but we all play this game to try to get to the highest level and it would be great for him to get that recognition.

He bowls well in any conditions and a lot of players struggle with him, so if he keeps up those standards he must have a chance.

Batting has been tough in our first two games, as it tends to be in the early season, and it's a bonus for us that every one of our top six has had some time in the middle. We lost a few too many wickets to the spin of Dean Cosker in Cardiff but I would expect us to post bigger and bigger totals as the season progresses and the wickets get easier to bat on.

Peter Moores will do a good job for England

It has been interesting to watch the developments with the England team this week and the return of Peter Moores as head coach.

From my experience of playing Test cricket I know how important man management is, because when you get to that level there are specialist coaches for every department of the team.

You will hear a lot of players talking about the best coaches being good man managers and there also has to be that mutual respect within a dressing room.

I think England will get that with a guy like Moores, who has done really well with Sussex and Lancashire and by all accounts is a good man to work with.

Sometimes a fresh start is the best thing, and after such a tough winter I think it could be an exciting time for English cricketers.

They have obviously lost a quality player in Kevin Pietersen but it seems they have made that decision with the long term in mind.

Already we've seen the likes of Gary Ballance, James Vince and Sam Robson making big runs this year and you never know how well those guys are going to perform at international level until they get their chance.

We've got some Manchester United fans at Gloucestershire...

The biggest story of the week in England has been David Moyes leaving Manchester United and it has been a huge talking point in our changing room.

Alex Gidman follows United a bit and called it before it happened and David Payne, who is a big fan, didn't want to believe it.

There has been a bit of talk about how it was all dealt with by the club but I think that's the modern way, with news breaking on Twitter and 24-hour coverage of sport.

It's a shame for Moyes but I can't feel too sorry for him when I read about how much money he has made from 10 months' work.

Once you get established at a club like that they certainly look after you, but the results spoke for themselves really and that is what professional sport can do to you

My club are Aston Villa and they are still not safe from relegation, so I'm more worried about them getting one more win than what is going on at Old Trafford.

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