Breese en­joy­ing life af­ter re­tire­ment

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - LEN­NOX ALDRED STAR Writer

The 2007-2008 sea­son was the last time Ja­maicans got a chance to see Gareth Breese wear the na­tional colours for the se­nior men’s cricket team.

The off-spin­ning all-rounder, who played just one Test match for the Windies in 2002, was a reg­u­lar in the Ja­maica cricket set-up for over a decade be­fore mov­ing to Eng­land in 2004 to take up a con­tract with English county side Durham.

Breese played 125 first-class games, scor­ing 4,693 runs, and took 287 wick­ets be­fore he re­tired in 2014 af­ter scor­ing the win­ning runs for Durham that year in the fi­nal of the Royal Lon­don One­Day Cup at Lord’s in his fi­nal ap­pear­ance.

IL­LUS­TRI­OUS COUNTY CA­REER

The for­mer Wolmer’s Boy’s grad­u­ate, now 44, lives in Durham in the north-east of Eng­land where he is now the Eng­land Women’s path­way per­for­mance coach for the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board.

Af­ter an il­lus­tri­ous county ca­reer span­ning 11 years, Breese says he is en­joy­ing life as a coach in what has been a ful­fill­ing ca­reer so far.

“I have been work­ing with Eng­land’s women’s team for just over two years now, work­ing with the se­nior team and the academy play­ers as a spin bowl­ing coach,” Breese said. “I was in the Caribbean with the Eng­land team in 2018 for the T20 World Cup and then again in Aus­tralia this past March, and I must say I have been en­joy­ing ev­ery minute of the job.”

With no cricket since March be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, Breese has been fur­loughed, but he is hop­ing to get back to work as soon as sports are al­lowed in the United King­dom again.

“This is the long­est ex­tended time I have had off since I re­tired, but I am re­ally en­joy­ing spend­ing time with the fam­ily, and I am just look­ing for­ward to get­ting back to work at some point.”

The right-han­der said that he misses Ja­maica, and he has not ruled out re­turn­ing to coach.

“I can’t say no, and I can’t say yes,” he said. “I am just en­joy­ing what I am do­ing here now, but I don’t know where the fu­ture lies or where it will take me, so we just have to wait and see.”

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