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Gillespie returns to England with Kent

Press Association logoPress Association 23/03/2017

Australia's dual County Championship-winning coach Jason Gillespie is to return to English domestic cricket with Kent for the early months of the new season.

The former Test seamer, who oversaw Yorkshire's back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015, will join the staff at Canterbury in time for the start of the 2017 campaign on April 7.

"Obviously I moved back to Adelaide for family reasons last year but the opportunity to assist Kent on a short-term basis was one that I couldn't resist and works well with my current situation," Gillespie said.

"I look forward to helping (head coach) Matt Walker and (captain) Sam Northeast over the next couple of months until I hand over the reins to Allan Donald."

The 41-year-old will cover for former South Africa fast bowler Donald, who was appointed assistant coach two months ago but is still awaiting a visa to work in the UK.

"To get Jason on board is a brilliant coup for us," Walker said.

"To have an experienced ex-head coach come into our ranks is great for me and the lads.

"His bowling expertise is like-for-like with Allan."

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