Jason Gillespie’s success in cricket since retirement is unquestionable – led Adelaide Strikers to maiden Big Bash League title this year and took Yorkshire to back-to-back Division One titles in 2014 and 2015. His next target is to become a selector for Australian national team as the side rebuilds following the ball tampering scandal and pressure on limited overs teams.
Now a Sussex coach, Gillespie was a strong favourite to be appointed Australia coach after Darren Lehmann stepped down. That responsibility, however, was handed to Justin Langer in May.
“I’d certainly love to be involved in selection at some point in the future,” he told cricket.com.au. “It’s certainly a challenging role and it’s not to be underestimated how challenging it is. You only have to look at recent times, with the 50-over domestic one-day competition in Australia played very early in the season. And then players are being selected almost on the back of Big Bash form, because it’s hard for the selectors to judge how a player is going in 50-over cricket when there hasn’t been 50-over cricket played for four or five months. That’s just one of many challenges that selectors have to go through.”
Cricket Australia selection panel currently consists of Trevor Hohns, Greg Chappell and coach Langer. Former batsman Mark Waugh was also involved, but he resigned in May to join a pay-TV company and has not been replaced.
The ball-tampering incident took place at Newlands in South Africa in March which resulted in bans for three players, including captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner, and triggered the departure of Lehmann. Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland stepped down earlier this week and was replaced by Kevin Roberts, the lead negotiator during acrimonious pay talks last year.