Jason Gillespie has scalped 259 wickets in 71 Tests © Getty Images
Jason Gillespie has scalped 259 wickets in 71 Tests © Getty Images

Just when Cricket Australia (CA) had confirmed about having Jason Gillespie on board as their bowling coach, the former Australian pacer has denied reports on any such factor. Earlier, reports mentioned that advances discussions have taken place to consider Gillespie on board for the role of bowling coach. The position has been vacant after Craig McDermott stepped down as the team’s bowling coach after Australia’s failure in ICC World T20 2016. At the moment, Adam Graffith and Allan Donald will be Australia’s bowling coach for the tri-series against West Indies and Sri Lanka respectively. ALSO READ: Jason Gillespie: Jonny Bairstow can do similar job for England that Adam Gilchrist did for Australia

Gillespie spoke to foxsports.com.au and said, “Just to be absolutely clear, I have not spoken to CA about a role with the Australian cricket team. Darren (Lehmann) mentioned my name in a radio interview a while back (in April) regarding me being involved, so it stands to reason that I will be linked to certain positions. Bear in mind, I have not applied for any role with CA nor do I intend to,” he added. “I am currently very happy in my roles with Yorkshire CCC and the Adelaide Strikers.” ALSO READ: Darren Lehmann backs Jason Gillespie as Australia bowling coach

On the hindsight, a spokesperson from CA added, “We’re speaking with a number of candidates but by no means is anything confirmed. We’ll look to make an announcement as soon as the process is complete, with the aim to have the coaching team finalised, at latest, by the start of the 2016-17 Australian summer.” Other contenders for Australia’s bowling coach include Australian paceman Ryan Harris and Andy Bichel. New Zealand’s former fast bowler is also in contention.