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Last Updated: Sunday, 23 September 2007, 13:49 GMT 14:49 UK
Gibson relishes new England role
Ottis Gibson
Gibson is delighted to have been given a chance with England
Ottis Gibson plans to try to "rebuild the confidence" of England's seam bowlers during the forthcoming one-day series in Sri Lanka.

The Durham all-rounder has replaced former South African paceman Allan Donald as the team's bowling consultant for the tour.

"One-day cricket is a batsman's game anyway," the 38-year-old said.

"In one-day cricket, you mustn't start believing you are a bad bowler because of a few bad spells," he said.

Gibson will travel to Sri Lanka after a highly successful summer in which he took 80 Championship wickets and also helped Durham win the one-day Friends Provident Trophy.

Despite his success on the field, he is, however, eager to develop his coaching career, having previously worked for the England and Wales Cricket Board at regional level.

"Since 2001, I have worked for the ECB in some capacity and then for the last two years I have been working with Peter Moores at the National Academy.

"He knows what I'm capable of, so to be asked by him to come and get involved is fantastic for me and I'm really, really looking forward to it," said Gibson.

England have had mixed results in limited-overs cricket this summer, losing 2-1 to West Indies, beating India 3-2 and then bowing out of the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 at the Super Eights stage following four successive defeats.

Gibson believes England's bowlers need greater consistency and is convinced coaching can help them achieve that aim.

"Certainly for me, the last couple of years spent coaching has made a difference to my approach to the way I play now," he added.

"The coaching has given me a good insight. If you want to be consistent [with your bowling], you have got to be consistent with your routines.

"I've devised a routine that works for me and it has shown in the results I've had all season."

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