Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie who scored a double century in a test match against Bangladesh after being sent as a night watchman, has been appointed as the head coach for Australia ‘A’ team ahead of their tour of South Africa in July and August. Cricket Australia has confirmed the news on Friday.
The former test stalwart expressed his joy after being announced as the head coach, “I’m thrilled to be appointed as head coach of Australia A for the series against South Africa A and India A, and I’m looking forward to working with Chris and Brad in the coming months.”
The 42-year-old former Test paceman is expecting to have some talented players in his team who are challenging for the chance to play international cricket in future.
“While the squad has yet to be named, it will no doubt feature some of the country’s most talented players, and players challenging for the opportunity to play international cricket for Australia,” Gillespie told while speaking to cricket Australia’s website.
He further added, “This tour will provide those players with the chance to push their claims for those opportunities, and to experience a really high standard of competition and life on the road.”
“It’s a really exciting time to be involved in Australian cricket, and I can’t wait to join up with the squad and head to South Africa,” excited Gillespie concluded.
However, it will not be a first time task as a coach for Gillespie as he previously served the Australia National Cricket Team as an acting head coach during their recent Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka. He also coached two of the Big Bash franchises, Adelaide Strikers and Yorkshire in the country’s most exciting T20 tournament.