LONDON: Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie insisted Monday he was committed to the reigning English county champions after being linked with a role as Australia’s bowling coach.
The former Australia fast bowler has forged a fine reputation as a coach during four years in charge of Yorkshire, helping the Headingley club return to the First Division and then overseeing their back-to-back County Championship titles that have left the White Rose bidding for three in a row this season.
Last year saw Gillespie touted as a candidate to replace England coach Peter Moores before the job went to compatriot Trevor Bayliss.
Australia coach Darren Lehmann, who played cricket alongside Gillespie for South Australia and Australia, said last week in a radio interview that his old team-mate would “certainly be at forefront with other bowling coaches” when they looked to appoint a successor to Craig McDermott, who stepped down in March.
But the 41-year-old Gillespie, who took 259 wickets in 71 Tests, said Monday he had no immediate plans to leave Yorkshire, telling the county’s website: “I haven’t had any contact, so there’s nothing to report to be honest.
“If anything changes, I’ll let you know. At this point, it’s just focusing on my role here,” added Gillespie, who has also coached the Adelaide Strikers in Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash League.
“There is still a lot to do at Yorkshire and I solely want to concentrate on helping this team win cricket matches.
“You don’t rule out opportunities in the future. It’s whether you feel like you can make a difference in any job that comes available.
“It’s well documented that I’ve got four kids under the age of 10. My eldest daughter, she’s 21, has just had a little girl. So family is important, and it should be an important consideration.
“Any job that comes up, certainly, I’ve always said family comes first.
“If any opportunities come up in the future, that would certainly be a consideration.”