Former Australian Test star Jason Gillespie will reportedly accept the England coaching role after meeting with new ECB cricket director Andrew Strauss on Thursday.
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According to the The Telegraph, Gillespie is believed to have been persuaded by Strauss to take the job, however a formal offer has not been put forward as of yet.
Gillespie on Tuesday said he was “flattered” to be linked with the job, but said it what take some persuading to make him leave his role at Yorkshire.
“It’s very humbling, very flattering,” Gillespie told BBC Sport.
“The Yorkie boys have been giving me enough grief about it, which has been quite funny. But I haven’t had any contact and until that happens I can’t say anything.
“We’ll just have to wait and see. Strauss mentioned my name publicly, so I may get a call. It’s just fantastic [at Yorkshire], but I don’t know what the future holds.”
It now appears Yorkshire will be left to look for a new head coach in the middle of the County season, but just how the ECB will work around Gillespie’s commitments with Big Bash League side Adelaide Strikers is yet to be decided.
Fellow Australian Justin Langer was also linked with the role, but he effectively ruled himself out of the position after he announced a two-year deal to coach Western Australia.