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Dawson takes Yorkshire coaching role

Richard Dawson ended his playing career with Gloucestershire, where he has since coached, but is now returning to Yorkshire

Former England spinner Richard Dawson is leaving Gloucestershire to become Yorkshire’s second team coach.

Dawson played for both counties, representing the White Rose from 2001 to 2006 and, after a year with Northamptonshire, Gloucestershire from 2008 to 2011.

The 33-year-old, whose international experienced amounted to seven Tests early last decade, has since been Gloucestershire spin bowling and one-day coach.

He returns to the county of his birth in place of Paul Farbrace, who recently left to become Sri Lanka coach. With Yorkshire, Dawson won the County Championship in 2001 and the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy a year later. He will start his new role on April 1.

Gloucestershire director of cricket John Bracewell said: "We like our coaches to be ambitious and when that is the case you run the risk of losing them.

"As a player, Richard added to our young squad the experience of having performed in the pressure cooker of an Ashes series and having won a County Championship title with Yorkshire.

"He was a natural to make the progression from our playing squad to our coaching staff and has delivered programmes with a great deal of energy and passion. He has also played a big part in maintaining dressing room morale at a time when the club have had to make some tough financial decisions.

"We understand his reasons for wanting to join Yorkshire and wish him well."

Dawson, who is also the England Performance Programme spin coach and will be going to the United Arab Emirates later this week to work with England at the Under-19 World Cup, said: "I am delighted to be working for Yorkshire.

"I enjoyed six years as a player at Headingley and had some great times, including winning a couple of trophies. To have the opportunity to return and be part of the coaching staff is a real honour and a fresh challenge that I'm relishing.

"Yorkshire have a number exciting prospects coming through and to be part of their development over the next few years will be a major part of my role. This is a club that is heading in the right direction and I look forward to working alongside Martyn (Moxon), Dizzy (Jason Gillespie), the players and the rest of the coaching set-up.

"I would like to thank everyone at Gloucestershire for the support they have given me and I wish them well for the future. In particular, I would like to thank John Bracewell for giving me an opportunity to develop as a coach. To spend time as the limited-overs coach, over the past couple of seasons, has been massive in my coaching education and I hope I can take that into my role with Yorkshire.

"The biggest challenge will be to settle into a new environment and a new dynamic. It certainly helps that I know the coaches having played alongside Dizzy and being coached by Martyn and Ian (Dews). I just can't wait to get started and be part of a club that has a burning ambition of being very successful in all forms of the game."

Yorkshire director of cricket Moxon added: "I am really pleased to have secured Richard as the club's new second team coach.

"He has been successful so far in his coaching career. Richard greatly impressed on interview and is highly thought of throughout the game. He will bring an understanding of what is required to become a Yorkshire cricketer. He will be a great asset in developing our players at all levels."

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