Gille­spie to leave York­shire at end of sea­son

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

YORK­SHIRE head coach Jason Gille­spie will leave Eng­land to re­turn to Australia at the end of the sea­son.

Gille­spie has led York­shire to pro­mo­tion to the First Di­vi­sion and suc­ces­sive County Cham­pi­onship ti­tles dur­ing a suc­cess­ful five-year spell at Head­in­g­ley.

The 41-year-old’s achieve­ments in Eng­land saw him linked with a coach­ing job in the Aus­tralian na­tional team, but he de­cided to stay with York­shire.

How­ever, the Sydney-born Gille­spie, who has suf­fered just five de­feats in 76 Cham­pi­onship matches, will shortly re­turn home to be with his fam­ily in Australia.

“Jason feels the close sea­son is an ap­pro­pri­ate time to part com­pany,” a York­shire state­ment said yes­ter­day.

“The club would like to place on record its thanks to Jason.”

Gille­spie’s wife Anna and four chil­dren re­turned to Australia re­cently and he is un­likely to be short of job offers back home.

The former Australia pace bowler also coaches the Ade­laide Strik­ers in his coun­try’s Big Bash Twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion.

“The fo­cus will now be very much on the re­main­ing four County Cham­pi­onship fix­tures, 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,” the York­shire state­ment added. –

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