Jason Gillespie to join Kent as assistant coach months after leaving Yorkshire

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Gillespie won back-to-back County Championship titles with Yorkshire (Source: Getty)

Two-time County Championship-winning coach Jason Gillespie is to return to English domestic cricket with Kent despite only leaving Yorkshire for Australia a matter of months ago for family reasons.

Former international seamer Gillespie won back-to-back county titles in 2014 and 2015 but has opted to join Kent as assistant to head coach Matt Walker in time for the start of the domestic season on 7 April.

The 41-year-old will cover for ex-South Africa fast bowler Allan Donald, who was appointed Kent assistant coach two months ago but is still awaiting a visa to work in the United Kingdom.

“I am really looking forward to joining Kent,” said Gillespie. “Obviously I moved back to Adelaide for family reasons last year, but the opportunity to assist Kent on a short-term basis was one that I couldn’t resist and works well with my current situation.

“I look forward to helping Matt Walker and [captain] Sam Northeast over the next couple of months until I hand over the reins to Allan Donald.”

Walker, who was appointed head coach in January following the departure from Canterbury of former West Indies skipper Jimmy Adams, added: “To get Jason on board is a brilliant coup.

“To have an experienced ex-head coach come into our ranks is great for me and the lads. His bowling expertise is like-for-like with Allan.”