Jason Gillespie is the Head Coach of the County side, Yorkshire © Getty Images
Jason Gillespie is the Head Coach of the County side, Yorkshire © Getty Images

Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie believes that Australia must look to get some positives from their crushing 1-3 loss at The Ashes 2015 at the hands of England. Gillespie believes that Australia must rebuild into a new era with the eminent retirement of Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers. “It is a similar task facing Australia in the aftermath of this series; they must find the balance between winning games of cricket in the here and now, while identifying and investing in cricketers who can take the team forward long term. This tour saw a squad picked solely for the present and it has not worked,” Gillespie wrote in his column in The Guardian.  READ: Steve Smith promises aggression as Australia’s incoming captain post Ashes 2015

Gillespie also believes that it was good on the part of Cricket Australia (CA) to have announced that Darren Lehmann’s job is safe, especially with Clarke stepping down at captain. “That the Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland has said Lehmann will continue is good news for the team. With Michael Clarke standing down as captain and retiring at the end of the series, Boof’s presence alongside Steve Smith, who I believe is ready to step up and lead a rebooted side, will provide stability.” READ: Ashes 2015: Trent Bridge victory is yet to sink in, says Ben Stokes

The former Australia bowler also had words of praise for the outgoing skipper, Clarke. Gillespie writes, “Clarke’s legacy as one of the greatest batsmen to play for Australia is assured. He has led from the front. His back problems meant he was unlikely to play deep into his 30s and so to get to 115 Test caps, as it will be after the fifth Test at The Oval, is a great achievement.”

“He captained Australia with flair, enjoyed success in both the Ashes series whitewashes, and the World Cup, and led the nation through the tragedy of losing Phillip Hughes late last year. And don’t underestimate the impact that had on Australian cricket. Phillip remains in all our thoughts to this day,” he added.  READ: Ashes 2015: Glenn McGrath feels Australia did not adapt to English conditions

The fifth Ashes 2015 Test will also be the final one for opener Chris Rogers. Gillespie weighs  in on possible replacements. “Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja are two previously capped players who will come into the thoughts of the selectors, and there is talent waiting in the wings in the shape of Cameron Bancroft, Chris Lynn and Nic Maddinson, as well as a few more,” writes Gillespie.

Gillespie, the current coach of Yorkshire has 259 wickets in 71 Tests for Australia between 1996-2006.