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Jason Gillespie to leave Yorkshire

Press AssociationPress Association 29/08/2016

Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie will step down as Yorkshire head coach at the end of the English county cricket season.

"The club would like to place on record its thanks to Jason, who led Yorkshire from the second division to consecutive Championship titles, along the way suffering just five defeats in 76 Championship fixtures since his appointment in November 2011," the club said in a statement.

"His wife Anna and their four children have recently returned to Australia and, with the 41-year-old's existing commitments to coaching the Adelaide Strikers in Australia's Big Bash, Jason feels the close season is an appropriate time to part company."

The club said Gillespie will speak about the decision soon, but their main focus is on cricket "beginning with Wednesday's trip to the Ageas Bowl to face Hampshire, and on securing the first Championship treble seen at Headingley since the 1960s.

"Martyn Moxon will not begin the search for a new 1st XI coach until the end of the current season and the club will provide further updates when the time is appropriate."

Yorkshire, semi-finalists in both limited-overs competitions this season, are second in the County Championship and face a potential title decider against leaders Middlesex at Lord's in Gillespie's final match in charge, starting on September 20.

Gillespie, who took 259 wickets in 71 Tests for Australia, has long been linked with a role as Australia's bowling coach.

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