Jason Gillespie is the ideal to replace Darren Lehman say Ian Chappell

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Jason Gillespie is the ideal man to be Australia’s coach- Ian Chappell 

Jason Gillespie is the ideal man to be Australia’s coach- Ian Chappell
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Former Australia great, Ian Chappell believes Jason Gillespie is the ideal man to replace Darren Lehmann at the helm Australian Cricket team.

Meanwhile, Lehmann decided to step down after the South Africa series in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal. Although Cricket Australia gave him a clean chit, Lehmann believes a change in culture is the need of the hour.

Since Lehmann resigned, there has been a void in Australia’s head coach role. There are few names of former Australian legends which are revolving around to take up the job.

But Chappell believes Gillespie is the right person to coach Australia. He also feels that Gillespie played the game in a right way and will have some credibility to restructure Australian cricket.

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Jason Gillespie will be the right choice to replace Lehmann,” Chappell said. “He had some success as a coach. He always has a very good feel for the history of the game and the history of Australian cricket. And if you look back at his career, he played the game in a very good way. So, he will have some credibility to restructure the culture of Australian cricket,” he added.

Meanwhile, Gillespie recently signed a three-year deal with County team Sussex.

Gillespie, the former paceman, has had an impressive run as a coach since starting out in the Zimbabwe domestic set-up in 2010. He has since coached Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and took Yorkshire to great heights during a five-year stint from 2011 to 2016.

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An in-demand coach, Gillespie has spent time with the Papua New Guinea team and also assisted Lehmann with the Australian T20I side. More recently, Gillespie oversaw Adelaide Strikers’ run to the Big Bash League 2017-18 title.

Since the scandal broke out in Cape Town, CA has gone through a huge turmoil. A private investigation found senior cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner along with Cameron Bancroft guilty of this.

As a result, CA handed severe sanctions to the disgraced trio. While Smith and Warner faced 12 months ban, Bancroft got a ban of 9 months. Also, CA debarred Smith and Bancroft from captaincy position for two years while Warner cannot lead an Australian team for the rest of his life.

The trio has decided not to appeal against the ban to which Chappell feels is the right call. Former Australia captain Chappell also feels that they would have lost the public apathy if they appealed.

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Players took the right decision by not appealing to the sanctions,” said Chappell.

The 74-year-old Chappell also feels Australia will struggle without the likes of Smith and Warner. But he feels this is the price they need to pay for the things that happened in the land of Nelson Mandela.

Meanwhile, CA announced Tim Paine as the permanent skipper after Smith lost his job. Chappell believes currently Paine is the right person to lead this team. He has experience and will feature in every game with his wicket-keeping abilities.

Paine was the right choice to captain Australia,” Chappell concluded.

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