‘There’s a lot to work with’
Jason Gillespie says he can teach even Darren Stevens and Mitch Claydon a thing or two during his interim spell as assistant coach. The former Australia Test fastbowler arrived at Canterbury last week for a 10-week stay and immediately set his sights on helping the playing staff get better. Despite Stevens turning 41 on April 30 – 11 days after Gillespie’s 42nd birthday – the former Yorkshire coach insists even the all-rounder can benefit from his advice as much as the crop of youngsters seeking to make their mark in the game. Gillespie said: “I played with Mitchy are good friends. He was pretty much the same then as he is now – loud and obnoxious – but he’s brilliant. It’s been nice to be back in touch with him.
“Hopefully, I can help him, even though he’s a senior
Kent 2017 squad. Back row, from left: Imran Qayyum, Zak Crawley, Matt Hunn, Ivan Thomas, Joe Weatherley, Charlie Hartley, Hugh Bernard. Middle row: Adam Rouse, Sean Dickson, Adam Riley, Calum Haggett, Will Gidman, Alex Blake, Adam Ball. Front row: Mitch Claydon, Matt Coles, Darren Stevens, Sam Northeast, James Tredwell, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Joe Denly.