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Jones backs Gloucs captaincy split

January 02, 2015 16:26:02 UK

Gloucestershire’s new County Championship captain Geraint Jones says he can see the split leadership at the club being beneficial to all in 2015.

While Jones, 38, will lead in the four-day format after re-joining the club following his loan move from Kent last summer, prolific Australian batsman Michael Klinger will be in charge for limited-overs commitments throughout the season.

I am still keen to play across all formats, but I can see the split-captaincy working very well.

Geraint Jones

Klinger, who previously captained the club across all formats, is having a couple of months off following the conclusion of the current Australian domestic season and will arrive in the UK in June.

“I am still keen to play across all formats, but I can see the split-captaincy working very well. Mike is highly respected by the guys for what he has done here over the last few years,” said Jones, an Ashes winner with England in 2005 but more recently a Papua New Guinea international.

“He’s out in Perth settling in with his new side so we haven’t spoken yet.

“During the winter the coaching and fitness staff here prepare the boys until March and I see my role really coming into practice when we start playing matches. That’s when I will step up.”

Gloucestershire are currently without a coach after director of cricket John Bracewell agreed a mutual separation last month.

It is expected that the new man will be in place in plenty of time for the new season, but they will not be able to call on either Alex or Will Gidman after the brothers left for top-flight teams Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire over the winter.

Gloucs are 23.00 to win County Championship division two this summer, with Surrey 5.00 and Lancashire 4.00.

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