Former Cricketer Alex Gidman Appointed as England Women’s Assistant Coach
Alex Gidman, the former head coach of Worcestershire men’s team, steps into the role of England Women’s Assistant Coach. His experience will be valuable during a busy period of international women’s cricket.
Former cricketer and the ex-head coach of Worcestershire men’s team, Alex Gidman, has taken up the role of England Women’s Assistant Coach.
At 42 years of age, Gidman, who previously served as Kent men’s batting coach, is now part of the England Women’s coaching staff. He joins Jon Lewis, the head coach, alongside Gareth Breese and Matt Mason, who are assistant coaches.
Before his role at Kent, Gidman led Worcestershire County Cricket Club as head coach for four years, guiding them to the T20 Blast Finals in 2019. He also took charge of the white ball team during his tenure.
Gidman brings a wealth of experience to the role, having enjoyed a 15-year playing career at Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. He made over 500 professional appearances and captained Gloucestershire for five years.
Expressing his enthusiasm for joining the England Women’s coaching setup, Gidman also extended his gratitude to Kent. He said, “I am delighted to join the England Women’s coaching team. There is a great blend of experienced and young players within the squad, and I can’t wait to get started and add value over the next few years during what is an exciting period for the women’s game. I’d also like to say a huge thank you to Kent. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time there and wish them all the best for the future.”
Director of England Women’s Cricket, Jonathan Finch, welcomed Gidman’s appointment, particularly given the significant upcoming international cricket schedule for the women’s team. He stated, “Alex joins us at a very exciting time as we start to prepare for what will be the busiest 15 months of women’s international cricket. To be able to bring in someone of Alex’s experience is fantastic news and will only add to the support we can provide to players to continuously move the team forward. I would also like to thank Kent CCC for allowing Alex to transition to his new role swiftly and for supporting our preparations for the upcoming tour to India. The performance coach roles will ensure we can provide more consistent coaching and leadership to our England Women A and England Women U19s programs as we look to develop a group of players ready to perform for England Women moving forward. Having these roles will enable us to expand opportunities for those players aiming to transition into the England Women squads across all formats.”