Pyrah: Yorkshire coaching change will serve us well

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OSSETT all-rounder Rich Pyrah believes the close-season coaching staff changes at Yorkshire will help the White Rose county bounce straight back to Division One of the LV County Championship.

Pyrah, a former Ossett Cricket Club player, and his Yorkshire team-mates suffered relegation from county cricket’s top flight last season and will be playing Division Two cricket in 2012.

The disappointing campaign forced Yorkshire to ring the changes in terms of coaching staff with the aim of freshening things up and bouncing back to Division One at the first attempt.

The biggest change sees former Australian pace bowler Jason Gillespie return as first team coach - he spent two years at Headingley as a player between 2004-05.

“Some of the lads here have had the same coaches since they were eleven or twelve,” said the 29-year-old.

“Those coaches are some of the best in the country but it’s always good to freshen things up, have a change and bring some new ideas to the table.

“We’ve had Jason Gillespie come in and he’s an absolute legend. I’ve played with him here when he was one of our overseas players and to have him back is brilliant. We’ve met him already and to see the look of awe of some of the younger lads’ faces was great, it’s exciting times for Yorkshire.”

Former Kent coach Paul Farbrace has arrived as second XI coach and Ian Dews moves to director of cricket development.

Martyn Moxon remains as director of cricket but Craig White, Steve Oldham, Kevin Sharp and John Blain have all left the club.

Yorkshire start their 2012 campaign at Headingley on Thursday, April 5 when Kent are the visitors in Division Two of the LV County Championship.

See this week’s Wakefield Express Sport to read in full Pyrah’s thoughts on the new coaching set-up, the club’s top young talent and his hopes for 2012.