Jason Gillespie in contention to be Australia’s bowling coach

Krishna Chopra / 22 April 2016
Jason Gillespe

The hunt for Australia’s bowling coach is on after Craig McDermott recently stepped down from his position as the bowling coach. For the tri-series in the Caribbean later this year, the Australians have named Western Australia bowling coach Adam Griffith as the interim bowling coach. However, after the tri-series ends, the Australians are expected to name a full-time bowling coach.


Darren Lehmann, the head coach, is keen on having his former teammate Jason Gillespie as Australia’s bowling coach. Gillespie has found phenomenal success as a coach, as his County side Yorkshire, has been fantastic under Gillespie. With too many options around, Lehmann is profusely keen on having Gillespie around. “It’s in the throes. There are a few good candidates out there,” Lehmann said. “We’ll try and get someone in place by the start of the summer and we’ll be fine.”


Lehmann admitted that the Australians would broadly look at the bowling coach from a worldwide point of view, but Gillespie would hold the advantage. “We’ll have a look worldwide,” Lehmann confirmed. “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.”


Speaking about Australia’s youngsters, Lehmann sounded pretty optimistic. The Australian coach, in particular, praised youngster Travis Head and was upbeat about his prospects. “We’re going to be in a good place, especially with the young guys coming through,” Lehmann said. “Head is on the West Indies tour for the first time as an Australian player and he’ll get a good shot at it. “He’s highly regarded around Australia and he’s served South Australia well as a captain and a young leader. “We’ve got some good young bowlers coming through and I’m really happy with where the group is at.”

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