Gillespie to bring T20 knowhow to Australian set-up
JASON Gillespie will take his first steps into international coaching by joining Justin Langer as Australia’s interim coaching duo to oversee the T20 series against Sri Lanka.
That series in February conflicts with preparations for the Test tour of India, where Darren Lehmann and David Saker are looking after the Baggy Green troops.
Langer and Gillespie are both coaches in the Big Bash, and Australia team performance manager Pat Howard is hopeful the pair can take that strong T20 mindset into the job with the national team.
Howard said: “Jason has significant experience as a coach around the world and with his skillset, we believe he and Justin will work well together.
“With Jason’s appointment alongside Justin, it means that not only will we have two terrific homegrown coaches to oversee the side but also that we have two individuals who will be coming off the sharp end of the Big Bash season.
“It means they’ll be immersed in the T20 format ahead of the series which will hopefully help them to help us hit the ground running when the action gets underway.”
Gillespie led Yorkshire to back-to-back County Championship titles, falling agonisingly short of a hattrick of wins.
He returned to Australia at the end of the season to be with his family, but is looking forward to the challenge of leading the national team.
The 41-year-old said: “For me, the chance to be working with Justin Langer is terrific. Of course, he’s a friend and a former team-mate, but he’s also someone who’s had success in this form of the game and if I can learn anything from him and his approach then that would be great.
“I’m there to support and hopefully play my part in achieving some positive results for us and that is something that is important because Australia hasn’t had the success any of us would like in T20 cricket.
“A series like this is the ideal way for us to try and get better and refine our approach.
“With some players likely to be away in India it really will be a shop window for players from the BBL to showcase their skills, and to show the selectors and the Australian public what they can do.
“It’s a chance for those selectors to see how, in the case of any new players, they deal with international cricket.”