London - English county side Sussex named former Australia
pace bowler Jason Gillespie as their new head coach on Monday.
The 42-year-old led Yorkshire to promotion from the second
division in 2012 and back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015.
He ran Trevor Bayliss close when he was appointed as England
coach and earlier this year had a short-term spell with Kent.
"I am thrilled to be given the opportunity of taking
the reins at such a proud and traditional club like Sussex," said
Gillespie, who will coach the Adelaide Strikers in Australia's Big Bash before
taking up his new role.
"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," he added.
Chief executive Rob Andrew believes Gillespie's experience
will help develop a side that finished fourth in the second division last
"Jason is exactly the experienced head coach we had
hoped we would attract to the role," he said.
"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 of stability and a coach of Jason's experience to help mould a successful
team over the next few years."