Jason Gillespie

According to an earlier report, Australia cricket is looking to approach former Australian pacer Jason Gillespie as Australia’s new bowling coach for the full time.

Head coach of Australian cricket, Darren Lehmann is currently searching for a bowling coach since former Australian pacer Craig McDermott stepped down from that role after the end of World T20 2016.

Gillespie is currently serving as a coach of Yorkshire County Cricket Club (1st team). However, Gillespie has strongly denied about speaking with Cricket Australia (CA) for that role.

Gillespie told foxsports, “Just to be absolutely clear, I have not spoken to CA about a role with the Australian Cricket Team,”

“Darren (Lehmann) mentioned my name in a radio interview a while back (in April) re: me being involved so it stands to reason that I will be linked to certain positions.

“Bear in mind I have not applied for any role with CA nor do I intend to. I am currently very happy in my roles with Yorkshire CCC and the Adelaide Strikers.”

Earlier last month, Australian head coach Lehmann told an Adelaide radio station that Gillespie was a front-runner for the vacant bowling mentor spot.

Lehmann told FIVEaa, “We’ll have a look worldwide. But it’s a tough one, we’ve got to get the right person for the right time for this group, which is a young group.

“Gillespie will certainly be at the forefront with other bowling coaches. Hopefully, we can entice him back.”

Lehmann and Gillespie were teammates in both state and national team during their playing career. Both were important team members for Australia during the winning of World Cup 2003, which was played in South Africa. Gillespie played 71 Tests and 97 ODIs for Australia during 1996-2006.

Jason Gillespie and Darren Lehmann
Jason Gillespie and Darren Lehmann

At present, South African legendary fast bowler Allan Donald is serving on an interim basis until the end of Australia’s tour to Sri Lanka.

From the beginning of the next month, Australia will play a tri-nation series in West Indies (West Indies, Australia, and South Africa) and will follow up that with a tour to Sri Lanka for 3 Tests, 5 ODIs, and 2 T20Is, which will be ended in September 2016.


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