Sydney - Australia is close to poaching
Jason Gillespie from English cricket to be the national team's new full-time
fast bowling coach, a report said on Wednesday.
Head coach Darren Lehmann has been on the
look-out for a replacement since Craig McDermott stepped down at the end of the
World Twenty20 in India this year.
He said last month that the highly-regarded
Gillespie, who has been head coach at Yorkshire for four years and was last
year touted as a candidate for the England coaching job, was high on his list.
At the time, the former Australian fast
bowler said he was committed to the reigning English county champions.
But the Sydney Morning Herald reported
on Wednesday that discussions about bringing him home were now at an advanced
level and his services could be secured next month.
"We're speaking with a number of
candidates but by no means is anything confirmed," a Cricket Australia
spokesperson said in response.
The Herald said the pending appointment
would propel Gillespie into the frame to eventually replace Lehmann, alongside
frontrunner Justin Langer.
Ex-Tasmania quick Adam Griffith is
temporarily filling the bowling coaching role for Australia's upcoming one-day
tri-series in the West Indies, which also includes South Africa.
Former South African pace spearhead Allan
Donald then takes over for their Test tour of Sri Lanka.
Donald has said he is interested in the job
full-time with reports also mentioning former Australian pacemen Ryan Harris
and Andy Bichel, along with New Zealand's Shane Bond, as possible contenders.