Former Australian Test bowler Jason Gillespie will hold talks with new England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) cricket director Andrew Strauss over the England coaching position, according to reports.
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According to BBC Sport, the Yorkshire coach has spoken to Strauss over the phone and they will now meet to discuss Gillespie’s plans.
Gillespie is favourite to land the role after former Australia teammate Justin Langer effectively ruled himself out of the running after signing a two-year deal to coach Western Australia.
England are searching for a new coach following the sacking of Peter Moores earlier this month.
The ECB reportedly want to install a new head coach as soon as possible with the Ashes series now less than two months away.
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.”
While Gillespie still remains favourite to land the England job, his prospects have become complicated after he signed a two-season deal to coach the Adelaide Strikers in Australia’s Big Bash League.