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Yorkshire swoop for Gillespie

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Jason Gillespie

Jason Gillespie has signed for Yorkshire © Getty Images

Yorkshire have signed Australian paceman Jason Gillespie for the 2006 season.

The 30-year-old, once one of the world’s most feared bowlers but far below his best as England won back the Ashes in the summer, joins David Byas’ team following “strong interest” from other counties.

Gillespie said: "I am delighted to be given the opportunity to play for Yorkshire CCC. I am looking forward to the challenges of county cricket, and being part of a successful team."

Gillespie is the fifth highest wicket-taker in Australia's Test history - the only players with more victims than the firebrand paceman are Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Dennis Lillee and Craig McDermott.

Byas said: "Towards the end of last season it was pretty clear that the fast bowling was an area which we needed to strengthen, and we had Jason ear-marked as a quality performer even though he went on to have a summer he would not want to associate himself with.

"He will bring to Yorkshire masses of experience as a cricketer, and I am very pleased that he has made a good start to his current season with South Australia.

"He is fit, bowling at a good pace and taking wickets. He sounds a terrific bloke who just wants to play cricket and get on with it, and he should be a fine role model for the other players.

"With Jason Gillespie, Deon Kruis and Tim Bresnan leading the attack - plus Matthew Hoggard on occasions and all the younger bowlers who are coming on and fighting hard for a place - I think we have a side that can do real damage in Division One of the Championship."

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