Geraint Jones: Gloucestershire defeats will build character
Gloucestershire captain Geraint Jones has said his young side will benefit in the long run from a run of seven losses in eight games in all competitions.
An innings defeat to Surrey on Monday left Gloucestershire seventh in County Championship Division Two with only two wins in the league this season.
Six players in Gloucestershire's line-up against Surrey were aged 25 or younger, while only three were over 30.
"These guys are learning in the first team," Jones told BBC Radio Bristol.
"It's testing the character of this side and that will hold them in good stead in future years."
Former England wicketkeeper Jones, the oldest player in Gloucestershire's team, also said he does not think it would be fair to criticise his team based on their results this season.
"Although it hurts now and it's tough now, I think it will be very character building for 12, 18 months, two years down the line," the 38-year-old added.
"That's when I'd like this group to be judged."