Mike Smith and Ian Harvey return to Gloucestershire CCC as part-time coaches

Stroud News and Journal: Mike Smith, far right when opening the new Oldlands pavilion last year, will coach the seam bowlers at Gloucestershire GSR594H12 Mike Smith, far right when opening the new Oldlands pavilion last year, will coach the seam bowlers at Gloucestershire GSR594H12

GLOUCESTERSHIRE legends Ian Harvey and Mike Smith have returned to the club as part-time coaches.

Former Australia international Harvey will be helping the team hone their white ball skills for one-day competitions this summer, while Smith has agreed to lend his experience to the seam bowlers.

Both players were an integral part of the Gloucestershire side that dominated English one-day cricket between 1999 and 2004 by winning seven trophies in John Bracewell’s first spell in charge at the club.

One-club man Smith, who retired in 2004, was one of the finest left-arm swing bowlers on the county circuit during his 13-year career and played one Test Match for England against Australia in 1997.

All-rounder Harvey played for Gloucestershire between 1999 and 2003 before joining Yorkshire in 2004, but he returned to the club for a second spell in 2006.

He also won 73 One-Day International caps for Australia and became the first-ever player to hit a T20 century while at Gloucestershire in 2003.

Gloucestershire director of cricket Bracewell said: “We are delighted to welcome back Ian and Mike, two of the finest players to have represented the club.

“Ian will be helping us with our one-day skills, while Mike will work with the pace bowlers, particularly our current left-armers, David Payne and Matt Taylor.

“The knowledge and experience that Ian and Mike can pass on will be invaluable.”

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