County news May 31, 2016

Gillespie will not pursue Australia bowling coach role

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jason Gillespie has had considerable success in first-class cricket with Yorkshire © Getty Images

Jason Gillespie, the Yorkshire head coach, will not be putting himself forward for the position of Australia's bowling coach and has said he has no desire for an international role because of the time he would spend away from his family.

Gillespie met with Darren Lehmann, the Australia head coach who is in the UK for ICC Cricket Committee meetings, at Headingley over the weekend, where Lehmann gauged the interest of his former team-mate.

Gillespie has now gone back to Lehmann to say that the position recently vacated by Craig McDermott, and which will be covered in a temporary capacity by Allan Donald for the tour of Sri Lanka, is not right for him.

"He mentioned that there was a role coming up with Australian cricket,'' Gillespie told BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. "I want to make it very clear there was no job offer from Darren - it was merely gauging interest.

"I said thanks for the chat and I would get back to [him]. I confirmed to him that I am not going to apply for a role with Cricket Australia - so we can end all the speculation right now."

Although not categorically confirming his future was with Yorkshire he repeated that a key factor in the jobs does he take is based around his young family. Currently he splits his year between county cricket and his position with Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash.

"At this point in time in my life, I am not prepared to be away from my family for that length of time,'' he said. "So, it is not on the radar. I am not applying for any international cricket roles."

Gillespie became Yorkshire's head coach ahead of the 2012 season and led them back to Division One of the County Championship in his first summer, then they won back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015. Last year he spoke with Andrew Strauss during the recruitment process for England's new head coach before the ECB went with fellow Australian Trevor Bayliss.

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