Aus­tralia’s Waugh, Gille­spie open to chief se­lec­tor role

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PERTH: For­mer Aus­tralia cricket cap­tain Steve Waugh and pace­man Ja­son Gille­spie have both ex­pressed an in­ter­est in suc­ceed­ing Rod­ney Marsh as the coun­try’s chair­man of se­lec­tors.

Cricket Aus­tralia said last week 68year-old for­mer test wick­et­keeper Marsh would not be seek­ing to stay on in the role when his con­tract ex­pires next year and that Aus­tralia would have a new chair­man of se­lec­tors be­fore the next Ashes se­ries.

Aus­tralia will host the next Ashes se­ries in 2017-18. For­mer pace­man Gille­spie is cur­rently coach­ing Ade­laide Strik­ers in Aus­tralia’s Twenty20 Big Bash League after spend­ing five years coach­ing English county side York­shire.

“There is a na­tional se­lec­tor’s job up next year and I might put my name up for that,” he told News Ltd. “All I have done the last five years is se­lect teams for York­shire. I wouldn’t rule any­thing out. If there are op­por­tu­ni­ties I will look at it.”

For­mer test cap­tain Waugh, who an­nounced his re­tire­ment in 2004, said he would be will­ing to dis­cuss the job if an of­fer came his way. “I’d lis­ten to it if the op­por­tu­nity came up, but there are a lot of things you’ve got to throw into the mix and see whether it’s the right time,” Waugh told the Syd­ney Morn­ing Herald. “I think there are a lot of good cricket brains in Aus­tralia. No one has asked me, but I’d lis­ten to it.” Un­der Marsh’s chair­man­ship of the panel, Aus­tralia lost the 2015 Ashes se­ries in Eng­land but won the 50-overs World Cup on home soil in the same year and held the num­ber one rank­ing in test cricket for six months ear­lier this year. — Reuters

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