Touted as one of the favorites to become Australia’s new head coach, former pacemaker Jason Gillespie said on Tuesday he is not interested in the top job and described Justin Langer’s departure as “heartbreaking”.
Langer, under whose management Australia won the T20 World Cup and Ashes series 4-0, resigned last Saturday after facing player complaints about his coaching style for months.
Gillespie, who is the coach of South Australia and also has the experience of coaching English county teams Sussex and Yorkshire, was touted as a potential replacement for Langer along with Trevor Bayliss, ricky pontingGreg Shipperd and Michael DiVenuto.
“I am not applying for any job. It’s nice that it’s thought of that way, but it’s certainly something I’m not even thinking about entertaining,” said Gillespie, who has taken 259 wickets in 71 tests and 142 scalps in 97 ODIs, as quoted by ‘ESPNcricinfo’.
Langer, who was handed the reins of Australian cricket after the infamous ball-tampering scandal in 2018, was offered a short-term extension which he turned down.
“Everyone has been pretty disappointed with the way it all played out, pretty heartbreaking to watch, to be honest,” said Gillespie, 46.
“But unfortunately, it is what it is. Justin has handled himself very well… the decision has been made and whatever decision they make, they make it.
“But I think everyone is of the opinion that things probably could have been handled better. He’s fine. He felt that he had something to offer Australian cricket. Cricket Australia felt different. So keep going, that’s an integral part, I guess, of being in professional sport and coaching.”
Lavishing praise on Langer, Gillespie said, “Justin is going to go ahead and do amazing things that we all know he can do. He has done a good job with Australian cricket over the last four years and we all wish him well as he will succeed in whatever he sets his mind to.”
Following Langer’s departure, assistant coach Andrew McDonald has been appointed caretaker coach ahead of the tour of Pakistan next month and the upcoming T20I series against Sri Lanka.