Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale has revealed his desire to take up coaching once his playing career comes to an end.
The left-handed batsman is spending the winter in Australia with the Dandenong club, to find form and fitness ahead of the county season in England.
But the 30-year-old, who scored over 1,000 County Championship runs last season, has also been coaching some of the club’s youngsters on a one-to-one basis and admitted: “It [coaching] is something I’m passionate about.
“It was one of the reasons why I came away to Australia; to get some more experience.
“To experience how other people go about things has also been good for me.
“I know how Yorkshire do things, but I want to see how different people, teams and countries go about things, too.
“I’m a level three coach. When I think I’m coming to the end of my playing days, I’ll think about level four.”
Gale’s Yorkshire teammates Gary Ballance and Jonny Bairstow could come into contention for the fourth Ashes Test match on Boxing Day, after Australia sealed an unassailable 3-0 series lead earlier this week.
Sheffield’s Joe Root and Tykes teammate Tim Bresnan are expected to retain their places for the MCG Test.