Cricket: Gillespie committed to Tykes project

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Jason Gillespie insists he is fully committed to Yorkshire as he prepares to lead the county into their Championship title defence.

The Australian attracted some admiring glances from the international scene as he guided the White Rose to their first championship in 13 years last season and was briefly linked with the Australia post before that when Darren Lehman was appointed.

But the former paceman’s only focus is on Headingley as the team get ready to depart for Abu Dhabi to face the MCC later this month.

“I’m very comfortable at Yorkshire, we’ve got a great program here,” he said. “The county season is about to kick off, we leave for Abu Dhabi on Thursday so it’s very exciting. My focus is 100 per cent here.”

Yorkshire’s recent success has led to international recognition with Joe Root and Gary Ballance currently at the World Cup and Liam Plunkett, Jonny Bairstow, Tim Bresnan, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth and Jack Brooks all on the England radar.

But despite the risk of losing his players for a large chunk of the summer, Gillespie sees the development as a positive after seeing Lees establish himself in Root’s absence last year.

“Call-ups to the England side are nothing new to any county,” he said.