Muchall hopes Kiwis will help with his game
GLOUCESTERSHIRE all-rounder Paul Muchall has flown to New Zealand for a winter of hard work on his game.
Recruited on a two-year contract last summer after being released by Durham, Muchall endured an injury-hit first season in Bristol.
He has now joined Birkenhead City Cricket Club, when he will remain as both a player and youth coach until March.
Muchall said: "It will be my first experience of playing in New Zealand.
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"I have spent the last few winters coaching in Hong Kong so it will be different conditions for me.
"Coaching is something I am very interested in for the future. But I also hope to improve my skills as a player in one-day cricket and the longer competition over there so that I come back ready to hit the ground running with Gloucestershire."
Muchall sustained a back injury when bowling in the first innings of a Championship game against Hampshire at the County Ground in early August.
Fleeting opportunities in the first XI followed, but he feels neither he or the team did themselves justice during a mostly disappointing campaign.
"I suffered a muscle spasm in my back which affected a nerve," he said.
"It was a shame because I really enjoyed my first season at the club. It's not easy adjusting to a new environment, but I now feel settled and know more what is required of me.
"Next summer I hope to secure a first-team place in all forms of cricket.
"I felt we were unlucky to finish bottom of the Championship this summer because we failed narrowly to win a couple of games after declarations.
"The match against Leicestershire at Cheltenham felt like a defeat at the end, even though we drew because we got so close to our target."