Yorkshire’s new first team coach Jason Gillespie has the right blend of authority and comradeship, according to the county’s director of cricket Martyn Moxon.
The former Australia paceman has been at Headingley this week and will be back at the end of January to take up his role full-time.
“He has an excellent manner – firm but fair,” said Moxon. “He is someone the players will relate to. He has vast playing experience and it’s important that he knows what’s required collectively after being part of a successful team.
“He is five years into his coaching experience and I’ve spoken to a few people who rate him very highly. Our batsman Gary Ballance also speaks highly of him after working with him for Mid West Rhinos in Zimbabwe this winter.”
Apart from Ballance the only players who have not met Gillespie this week are Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, who are with the England Performance Programme in India, and Adam Lyth, who returns next week from playing Grade cricket in Perth.
“Jason has also had a meeting with the new coaching group and has found a house in Leeds, so he won’t have that to worry about when he returns,” added Moxon.
“The big plus will be to have him working with our young bowlers like Moin Ashraf and Oliver Hannon-Dalby. We have also taken an 18-year-old left-arm seamer called James Wainman on to the full-time staff.
“The senior bowlers will also benefit and the batsmen are aware that Jason has scored a Test double hundred. He’s very proud of that.
“We have to bounce back quickly and it would be perfect if we could win Division Two next season and Division One the year after. But we are not going to neglect one-day cricket.”
Tim Bresnan, meanwhile, has been at Headingley this week doing some fitness work after his elbow operation and should be bowling by the end of the month.
*Yorkshire hope to persuade some of next year’s London Olympics visitors to head north to watch the Test match against South Africa at Headingley on August 2-6.
They plan to approach travel operators with the aim of getting them to incorporate a visit to Leeds in their Olympic packages.
Yorkshire’s sales director Richard Kaye, who is leaving shortly to take up a post with the ECB, said: “It’s only a couple of hours on the train for people to come and watch the cricket, and rather than go to the Olympics every day for a fortnight, we’d like to get them to come up to Yorkshire, perhaps have an overnight stay and see a couple of days’ play.”
Yorkshire have already sold more than half the 16,000 tickets available for the Friday and Saturday of the Test, and they are expecting the revenue from the match to help them make a profit next year following heavy losses in recent times.