Gillespie plays down Australia links


Jason Gillespie has played down reports linking him with Australia and says he will only consider a role with the national team if he feels he can make a difference.

The Yorkshire coach was one of a number of targets suggested as a replacement for Australia bowling coach Craig McDermott, the latter stepping down from his role last month.

Gillespie has enjoyed great success in England, winning two County Championships, while he led Adelaide Strikers to the Big Bash semi-finals earlier this year.

However, he insists no approach has been made by coach Darren Lehmann and he remains fully focused on his role at Headingley.

"I haven't had any contact [from Australia], so there's nothing to report to be honest," Gillespie told The Guardian.

"If anything changes, I'll let you know. At this point, I am just focusing on my role here. 

"You don't rule out any opportunities in the future. It's whether you feel like you can make a difference in any job that becomes available."

Gillespie was named as a potential candidate for the England head coach role in 2015, before Trevor Bayliss was named as Peter Moores' long-term replacement.