Australian Cricket Coach Jason Gillespie Joins Sussex

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Australian cricket coach Jason Gillespie has been unveiled as the new Sussex Head Coach.

Jason Gillespie joined up with the Sussex team for the first time last week and has called the opportunity of becoming the Head Coach of Sussex a "no brainer".

Gillespie, who took 259 wickets in 71 tests and is Australia's sixth-highest wicket-taker, joins Sussex on a three-year deal.

"Sussex is a great county, a great club".

 "This is a fantastic opportunity for me, a no brainer".

Gillespie has had a previous stint as first-team coach at Yorkshire from 2011-16 before relocating back to his homeland Australia. 

He says the chance to come and help Sussex achieve it's potential played a big part in his decision to return to the UK, and Sussex.

"Sussex is oldest cricket county in the country with a lot of history and tradition".

"We all just want to learn off each other and improve and to help the players achieve their goals and dreams".

"The team perhaps hasn't quite achieved what it wanted to achieve in recent years".

Gillespie On The Ball Tampering Scandal

The Aussie is currently facing speculation linking him as the new Head Coach of the Australian national cricket team a week after current Head Coach Darren Lehmann announced his resignation following the controversial ball tampering scandal.

Australian national player Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera attempting to manipulate the ball with sandpaper.

Gillespie has described the fiasco as a "train wreck".

"Steve Smith's time as Australia captain is surely up, its hard to envisage a scenario where he stays in the job".

"This is a train wreck. This was pre-planned cheating".

Former captain Steve Smith and batsman David Warner have received 12-month bans from the sport, while Bancroft was suspended for nine months. Head Coach Darren Lehmann has since announced he will be stepping down when his contract expires next year.

Gillespie is likely to be high on the shortlist of potential replacements to replace Head Coach Lehmann in 2019.

 

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