Gille­spie to bring T20 knowhow to Aus­tralian set-up

The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE - By Joshua Peck

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.”

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