ECB approach Jason Gillespie over England top job

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The England cricket board have today approached Australian coach Jason Gillespie to become the head coach of England, according to Sky Sports.

The former Australian fast bowler has been widely linked to the vacant position at the top of English cricket since the departure of Peter Moores this month.

Gillespie has been a revelation in his job as coach of Yorkshire – the Aussie has been in charge at Headingley since 2011 – guiding them to the county championship title last summer.

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With the Ashes series looming this coming summer the appointment of an Australian will be a surprise to many but Gillespie is thought of in high regard throughout the county circuit.

Gillespie has played in 4 Ashes series victories over England in his career between 1996-2006, including the famous 2005 series which saw England triumph against all odds.

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The former fast bowler has international coaching experience having been coach of Zimbabwe as well as coaching in the Indian Premier League – but with the state of English cricket at this present time this job will be his most challenging by far especially in an Ashes summer.

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Since Gillespie became coach of Yorkshire he has overseen many of his team called up for England – they include England player of the year Joe Root, the established No.3 batsmen Gary Ballance as well as new opener Adam Lyth.

Joe Root has said: "I've loved working with Jason at Yorkshire, so would love to do so for England."


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