County news November 15, 2011

Gillespie named Yorkshire coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jason Gillespie, the former Australia fast bowler, has been named as Yorkshire's new coach as the county undertake a major restructuring following their poor 2011 season which saw them relegated in the County Championship.

Gillespie played for Yorkshire from 2006 to 2007 and has been appointed on a two-year term alongside Paul Farbrace, the former Kent coach, who will take charge of the second XI. Phil Jaques, the Australia left-hander, has rejoined as overseas player having previously played for Yorkshire in 2004 and 2005.

The new coaching structure will work under Martyn Moxon, the director of professional cricket, after the club opted for a clear-out. Craig White, who was the previous second XI coach, has moved into a career as an umpire while Steve Oldham, Kevin Sharp and John Blain, who all held various coaching position, were not retained having been invited to reapply for their positions.

Gillespie, 36, only has previous main coaching experience with the Zimbabwe domestic team MidWest Rhinos, but he also spent time as a bowling coach with Kings XI Punjab in the IPL and Australia A. He played 71 Tests for Australia, taking 259 wickets and also scored an unbeaten 201 in his final match against Bangladesh in 2006.

"To be able to go back there in a coaching capacity is a fantastic opportunity," Gillespie said in a statement issued from Zimbabwe where he is seeing out his current contract. "When opportunities like being first team coach at Yorkshire come up you don't turn them down.

"The one thing I'll be bringing to Yorkshire is a bit of fun and enjoyment, but making sure our preparation is spot on and leaving no stone unturned."

Jaques, meanwhile, will add strength to a top-order that struggled last season and will build on an already handsome record for Yorkshire which measures 2477 runs in 24 matches at 61.92. He has also had prolific county spells with Northamptonshire and Worcestershire but his international career was limited to 11 Tests and six ODIs. He has more than 13,000 first-class runs.

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  • John on November 17, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    @RandyOz, "born and bred" huh? This is from the Wikipedia page for Phil Jaques: "Jaques was born to English parents, Stuart and Mary, and is a holder of a British passport. This made him eligible to play for both England and Australia. With Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer established at the top of the Australian batting line up, Jaques himself did not rule out qualifying to become an English player. However, his desire to play for Australia proved too strong and his record breaking form in 2004-05 led to his Australian international call up." Apparently, born yes but bred no. Apparently he was quite prepared to be coined English if that was his only option to play international cricket. I'm not saying that that makes him English specifically but it's an example of the alleged "poaching" you speak of. Funny that if his parents had chosen to move to Australia a bit later then you'd have considered it a crime to have him play for Australia, just like Usman Khawaja.

  • Alan on November 16, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    More evidence in comments here of differences in Australian and English fans' attitudes. Australian fans seem to think there's no need for overseas players in their domestic cricket since there is nothing Australians need to learn from anywhere else in the world (witness their attitudes to Dernbach playing and Thorpe coaching in Australian cricket), when recent defeats for Australia in the World cup, Ashes and Border-Gavasker trophy strongly suggest Australia actually desperately needs to learn something from somewhere. Meanwhile England fans seem to like moaning about overseas players and coaches in the English game, on the assumption that these are occupying places that could be filled by English alternatives who in truth probably simply aren't good enough anyway. I'm not sure which set of attitudes I find the more deluded and insular and the less attractive.

  • Darren on November 16, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Sigh @RandyOz. Australia also have loads of so called 'Foreigners' in their rugby team as you agreed in the other thread. You response to me was "because at least half of the so-called "islanders" were born and bred Aussie" So this leaves half that are NOT Australians. Thank you for agreeing with me and thank you for admitting your hypocrisy. That is all.

  • paul on November 16, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    @spence1324 Ha ha ha like he'd get any where near the England Lions side let alone the first team LOL at RandyOZ, he seems to not have a clue what he's talking about, you do know that Pattinson was born in Grimsby in England, not his younger brother.

  • Andrew on November 16, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    Hope Jaques can prove himself, his injuries harshened the effect of Hayden & Langar retiring. I was always a fan of his, he can't crack a spot in the NSW team at the moment. == == == Gillespie could be a long term proposition for Oz coaching. Good to see him remain involved with the game.

  • Randolph on November 15, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    @spence1324, mate pattinson and jaques are born and bred aussie, they would hate to be coined English. I know you love poaching players from other countries but just try and form a semblance of an English team yourself first. United XI is an embarassment to world sport.

  • Randolph on November 15, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    haha you know your lacking talent and cricketing knowledge when you're hiring more players AND coaches from overseas. But I guess England are the experts at doing that. Well and truly the United XI. HAHAHA hilarious stuff. Well done dizzy too.

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    The problem yorkshire have is their british top order batsmen not their overseas. For a number of seasons Yorkshire totals have relied heavily on Jaques Rudolph and the other overseas players. Anthony Mcgrath needs to retire as he gets in and gets out and has a slim chances of making it back into a England test squad and try and develop Bairstow as a keeper as Yorkshire need a keeper who can bat.Brophy is getting too old and doesnt have the batting prowess that Yorkshire require.

  • david on November 15, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    @davidpk, just thinking about it Australia have and had a few englishmen play for them in recent times phil jaques,pattison,seymonds etc hmmmmm

  • Matthew on November 15, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    I was going to post a comment but it seems one of our friends from across the pennines got here first ;) I fear Jaques may be getting on a bit. His record in county cricket is good but has been on the wane in recent years but here's hoping div 2 is to his liking. As for Gillespie we need him to restore some confidence to what I am convinced is still a talented young team.

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