Yorkshire return for Gillespie as first team coach

Former Australian Test bowler Jason Gillespie is rejoining Yorkshire as part of the club’s revamped coaching set-up.

Gillespie, 36, will be named as first team coach at a Headingley press conference on Tuesday November 15, succeeding Craig White in the role after the club opted to streamline their management under director of cricket Martyn Moxon.

He spent two seasons as overseas player with Yorkshire, in 2006 and 2007, joining shortly after his final Test appearance, which included him scoring an unbeaten 201 as nightwatchman in an innings victory over Bangladesh in Chittagong.

Gillespie has developed an eclectic coaching CV since hanging up his boots just three years ago, and spent time as Indian Premier League team Kings XI Punjab’s bowling coach and Australia A’s assistant coach, on their tour of Zimbabwe, earlier this year. He is currently in charge of Mid West Rhinos, the Zimbabwean franchise.

Although he is officially in charge of first-team preparation, he will also mentor Yorkshire’s youthful attack with Steve Oldham, the former bowling coach, departing alongside White and batting coach Kevin Sharp.

Yorkshire’s players – relegated from Division One of the County Championship in 2011 – can expect him to do things off the cuff if his recent comments are anything to go by. “I coach with a bit of a gut feel,” Gillespie said, in a recent interview in Australia. “There are times when you need to be firm and lay down the law, but, by and large, we’re all in the business of trying to improve.

“I try to trust my instinct rather than try and be seen to be doing the right things by the coaching manual.”

Gillespie will not be the first Australian to coach Yorkshire: Wayne Clark secured the club’s first County Championship title in 33 years in 2001.

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