Yorkshire’s Jason doubles up roles

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Jason Gillespie has been appointed the new coach of Big Bash League side Adelaide Strikers in a move that will see him combine the role with his duties at Yorkshire.

The 39-year-old has been an influential figure at Headingley since joining the county as first-team coach in November 2011, and led them to the LV= County Championship title last year.

While his coaching position with the White Rose is unaffected, he has signed a two-year deal with the South Australian franchise in a move that had been widely anticipated.

He will begin his role there in December, when the next edition of the BBL gets under way.

Gillespie, who played for South Australia during the entirety of his playing career, said: “I would like to place on record my gratitude to Yorkshire County Cricket Club for allowing me to coach in the Big Bash League.

“I am looking forward to bringing back some knowledge and experiences to Yorkshire, which will improve our T20 cricket going forward.

“The opportunity to coach and build on the Strikers’ recent success is a great challenge.”

Gillespie will take up his new post with the full blessing of Yorkshire, who have never won England’s domestic Twenty20 competition.