Andrew Gale has returned to Emerald Headingley after what he describes as an extremely productive pre-Christmas trip to Tasmania on a coaching reconnaissance.
The Yorkshire coach spent approximately a month as a member of the support staff with Tasmania’s state side and the Hobart Hurricanes.
Gale says his time helping players such as Jofra Archer, D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade and George Bailey was “ideal” and admits he gained significant confidence in his own personal methods and those of the White Rose backroom staff overall.
“It was a fantastic experience for me, to get a feel for a different environment,” said the former batsman, who observed methods around one Sheffield Shield match and the opening Big Bash fixture as well as preparations for the latter.
“They made me feel very welcome.
“I was very hands on from day one, so it was ideal.
“It was valuable to see a different environment and the way their coaches worked and how the players reacted to them.”
Gale worked alongside head coach Adam Griffith and continued: “It’s a great set-up there.
“I was able to see what plans they had in place and contrast and compare to here at Yorkshire.
“I got a lot of confidence from it because they do a lot of stuff that is pretty similar.
“I got a lot of confidence in my own coaching because I was doing that hands on stuff, which you don’t always get to do as a head coach. You’re more man managing and organising.
“I was just helping out when and where they needed me. I was able to sit in the background and help people individually, and I think the lads took to me really well.”