Gillespie quashes Australia talk ahead of Yorkshire’s T20 opener

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Jason Gillespie has reaffirmed his commitment to Yorkshire CCC after rumours that he is set to join Darren Lehmann in the Australian coaching set up.

Gillespie has transformed the Tykes’ fortunes since taking over as first team coach, leading them to the First Division of the County Championship and their first ever T20 Finals Day last season.

After Lehmann, a Yorkshire legend himself, was named as Australia’s new coach ahead of the Ashes, Gillespie was mooted as a possible assistant.

But the former pace bowler said: “That won’t be happening.

“I’m Yorkshire’s first-team coach, and I love my job. My family’s very happy here and settled, and I’ll be here.

“I’m committed to Yorkshire, so I’ll be here.

“We feel as a support staff that we’re working well together, and we’re getting a good response from our players.

“We want to see them do really well and have some success.

“That’s our goal, and I’m really excited to be a part of it. I want that to continue.”

Yorkshire’s T20 campaign gets underway tomorrow, against Derbyshire Falcons at Headingley (5.40pm).

Barnsley’s Azeem Rafiq is expected to feature.