New coach’s new ideas

From left: Michael Carberry, James Tomlinson and Jimmy Adams Picture: Robin Jones
From left: Michael Carberry, James Tomlinson and Jimmy Adams Picture: Robin Jones
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Dale Benkenstein insists he will be looking to implement small changes on the revamped Hampshire squad for the new campaign.

With Giles White taking the role of director of cricket, the former Durham captain has joined the club as first XI coach for the 2014 season, which gets under way on Sunday against Worcestershire.

And Benkenstein is looking for big improvements this season – especially in the four-day game as Hampshire bid to mount a division two promotion challenge.

Benkenstein said: ‘In your first year, you inherit the system and it’s good.

‘I’m not coming here to make massive changes – maybe some tactical improvements in four-day cricket to help the players win more matches.

‘I think the base is strong but there might be some small things I can help with.’

Although the 39-year-old South African has scored nearly 16,000 first-class runs and has not officially retired just yet, he is unlikely to play this season so he can concentrate on his coaching duties.

‘I couldn’t see how I could do both,’ said Benkenstein. ‘I don’t think I would be able to do either of them well and there are enough players here who can do the job.

‘They’ve got a nice blend and I feel it’s time for me to move on, even though my own kids still ask me if I’m playing!’

– STEVE WILSON