Gillespie to leave Yorkshire at end of season

Yorkshire have announced that head coach Jason Gillespie will leave his position as 1st XI coach at the end of the 2016 season, after leading the side to back to back Championship titles.

The former Australia fast bowler has been a fixture in Leeds, and his move will prompt speculation around the globe as he is highly sought-after. He is the Adelaide Strikers coach as it stands, and his family has already returned to that city.

Yorkshire's press release said: "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.

"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.

"(Club director) 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."

Gillespie had been linked to the Australia bowling coach role earlier this year, but denied being interested, and since then David Saker has signed a three-year deal in that role.