Gillespie sets out his goals

20 November 2017 06:23:44 EST

Sussex have pulled off a coup with the recruitment of two-time County Championship winner Jason Gillespie as head coach.

Former Australia fast bowler Gillespie led Yorkshire to consecutive Division one titles in 2014 and 2015 before quitting 14 months ago.

After missing out on three in a row following a final-round defeat to Middlesex at Lord's, the 42-year-old returned to Adelaide and has coached the city's Strikers franchise for the past two seasons of the Big Bash League.

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"I am thrilled to be given the opportunity of taking the reins at such a proud and traditional club like Sussex," said Gillespie, who filled in as assistant coach for Kent last season while Allan Donald worked towards his level three coaching badge.

"I look forward to getting over there and playing my role in helping Sussex achieve its on and off-field goals for 2018 and beyond."

Gillespie has signed a three-year deal to replace Mark Davis, who departed after failing to win promotion for a second season in succession.

"Jason is exactly the experienced head coach we had hoped we would attract to the role," said Sussex chief executive Rob Andrew.

"He has enormous experience of the English county game after his very successful spell with Yorkshire.

"We believe we have a very talented young squad and we need a bit a bit of stability and a coach of Jason's experience to help mould a successful team over the next few years."

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