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

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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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