Gillespie relishing Australia A opportunity

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Jason Gillespie is looking forward to helping develop the next generation of Australian cricketers after being confirmed coach of the country's A team to tour South Africa.

The former Test fast bowler has been touted as a future replacement for Darren Lehmann after his impressive performance leading Yorkshire to two English County Championship titles.

And his chances of moving up to the top job have been boosted by the call to lead Australia A in July and August for at least a six matches.

"While the squad has yet to be named, it will no doubt feature some of the country's most talented players, and players challenging for the opportunity to play international cricket for Australia," Gillespie - who was T20 assistant to Justin Langer earlier this year - said.

"This tour will provide those players with the chance to push their claims for those opportunities, and to experience a really high standard of competition and life on the road. 

"It's a really exciting time to be involved in Australian cricket, and I can't wait to join up with the squad and head to South Africa."

Gillespie will be assisted by Brad Haddin and Chris Rogers in South Africa as both men begin their coaching careers after retiring from the Test team in 2015.

"It's extremely pleasing to have three quality people in Jason, Chris and Brad on-board to guide the Australia A squad in their upcoming Tour of South Africa," said Pat Howard, Cricket Australia's executive general manager, Team Performance. 

"All three have significant experience as players, in varying conditions across the world over their lengthy careers, which will no doubt be invaluable for the players touring with this squad."