Stars are back at Headingley

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TWO former Australia stars are returning to Yorkshire after the county unveiled Jason Gillespie as new first-team coach and opener Phil Jaques as overseas player for the next two seasons.

Gillespie, 36, played for Yorks in 2006 and 2007 and has had a varied coaching career since ending his playing days, with spells in Zimbabwe, Australia and India.

He will work alongside skipper Andrew Gale under director of cricket Martyn Moxon in a revamped coaching set-up that also includes former Kent chief Paul Farbrace in charge of the second XI and Ian Dews, retained as director of development.

After the Tykes’ relegation last season the existing coaching team was broken up, with Craig White leaving to umpire, while bowling coach Steve Oldham, Kevin Sharp and John Blain all left. Gillespie, who took 259 wickets for Australia will work with the county’s fast bowlers, a role Oldham held for two decades.

Yorkshire declined to sign an overseas player last year, but recruited another former player - South Africa’s Jacques Rudolph - mid-way through the season.

Jaques’ arrival means they will now have a proven international-class run-scorer for the duration of the next two campaigns.