Sydney - Former Test fast bowler Jason Gillespie was on
Thursday appointed as Australia assistant coach for the three Twenty20
internationals against Sri Lanka in February.
Cricket Australia said Gillespie will work with Justin
Langer, who was confirmed as coach for the series earlier this month.
They will step in for head coach Darren Lehmann and his
assistant David Saker, who will be with the Test squad for the tour of India
over the same period.
Apart from his work with the Adelaide Strikers in the T20
Big Bash League, Gillespie spent five successful years as head coach of English
"I'm just buzzing to get this role. It really is an
exciting opportunity and I'm humbled to be thought of by Cricket Australia in
this regard," Gillespie said.
"With some players likely to be away in India it really
will be a shop window for players from the BBL to showcase their skills and to
show the selectors and the Australian public what they can do."
Gillespie took 259 wickets in 71 Tests as well as 142
wickets in 97 ODIs.
The T20s between Australia and Sri Lanka will take place at
the Melbourne Cricket Ground on February 17, Geelong on February 19 and the
Adelaide Oval on February 22.