Former Australia quick Jason Gillespie has been appointed Adelaide Strikers coach for the next two Big Bash League seasons.
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The Strikers confirmed on Wednesday that the former Test star would lead the Twenty20 side following the departure of Darren Berry.
Gillespie described the news as “a dream come true” and said he was looking forward to leading a talented squad in the 2015/16 BBL season.
“I’m a proud and passionate South Australian and to be able to come back and be involved with the Adelaide Strikers is a dream come true,” Gillespie said in a club statement.
“To be able to come back to Adelaide and see all the wonderful South Australians come out to support the Adelaide Strikers, and see the lads go out there and put on a show for them is really exciting for me.”
“I love working with quality people and I love working with fantastic players. The Adelaide Strikers have got some fantastic cricketers and I’m really looking forward to just getting stuck in and helping them achieve their goals, which is winning games of cricket.”
The South Australian has spent the last three seasons coaching English side Yorkshire and led them to the T20 Champions League in first season at the club.
He lead Yorkshire to its first County title in 13 years in 2014 and is being widely tipped to be the man to take over the Australia role from Darren Lehmann when the time arrives.
As a player, Gillespie made 71 Test appearances and remains Australia’s seventh highest wicket-taker with 259 wickets.