Gillespie also coaches the Sydney thunders © Getty Images
Gillespie also coaches the Sydney thunders © Getty Images

Yorkshire head coach Jason Gillespie will leave the English county to return to Australia at the end of the season. Gillespie has led Yorkshire to promotion to the First Division and successive County Championship titles during a successful five-year spell at Headingley. The 41-year-old’s achievements in England saw him linked with a coaching job in the Australian national team, but he decided to stay with Yorkshire. However, Sydney-born Gillespie, who has suffered just five defeats in 76 Championship matches, will shortly return home to be with his family in Australia. READ: Yorkshire sign Darren Lehmann’s son till end of season

“Jason feels the close season is an appropriate time to part company,” a Yorkshire statement said on Monday. “The club would like to place on record its thanks to Jason.”

Gillespie’s wife Anna and four children returned to Australia recently and he is unlikely to be short of job offers back home. The former Australia pace bowler also coaches the Adelaide Strikers in his country’s Big Bash Twenty20 competition.

“The focus will now be very much on the remaining four County Championship fixtures, beginning with Wednesday’s trip to the Ageas Bowl to face Hampshire, and on securing the first Championship treble seen at Headingley since the 1960s,” the Yorkshire statement added.

On the other hand, Somerset have extended their contract with Marcus Trescothick. Trescothick, who joined Somerset in 1993, will play with Somerset for the 25th season with the newly announced alliance and is doing great in English First-Class aged 40. The player had earlier stepped down from his responsibilities as the captain of the side.