Jason Gillespie, the former Australia paceman, is firming as the likely new full-time bowling coach for Australia. The position has been vacant after Craig McDermott stepped down as the team’s bowling coach in the aftermath of the World T20.
Adam Griffith, Western Australia bowling coach, and South African bowling legend Allan Donald will be Australia’s interim bowling coaches during upcoming tours of the Caribbean and Sri Lanka respectively. But Gillespie, who is currently coaching Yorkshire, is set be installed as Australia’s permanent bowling coach with discussions now at an “advanced level”, according to The Age.
The 41-year-old’s success with Yorkshire has earned rave reviews and some influential English cricket figures, including Nasser Hussain, were calling for him to be named Peter Moores’s successor as England’s coach last year. Gillespie ultimately lost out to compatriot Trevor Bayliss.
Cricket Australia remained coy on Gillespie’s impending signing. “We’re speaking with a number of candidates but by no means is anything confirmed,” a Cricket Australia spokesperson told cricket.com.au on Tuesday (May 24). “We’ll look to make an announcement as soon as the process is complete, with the aim to have the coaching team finalised, at latest, by the start of the 2016-17 Australian summer.”
Darren Lehmann, Australia coach, is an ardent backer of Gillespie and told an Adelaide radio station last month that he hoped to entice his former teammate back to Australia. It has been reported that Gillespie is keen to return home with his family.
“There is still a lot to do at Yorkshire and I solely want to concentrate on helping this team win cricket matches,” Gillespie told Yorkshire’s official website last month. “You don’t rule out opportunities in the future. It’s whether you feel like you can make a difference in any job that comes available.”
Other candidates for the role include former Australian pacemen Ryan Harris and Andy Bichel, while Shane Bond, the ex-New Zealand quick, has also been reportedly sounded out.
Griffith, who is currently working with the Australian team ahead of their tour of the Caribbean, recently told Cricbuzz that he would “absolutely” love to be Australia’s permanent bowling coach. “It has been a goal of mine and something that I strive for. But firstly I need to do a good job in the Caribbean, so that is what I am focusing on,” Griffith said.