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South Australia and Adelaide Strikers coach not entertaining Australian men’s work

Jason Gillespie doesn’t want to coach Australia’s men’s team while describing Justin Langer’s messy exit as ‘heartbreaking’.

Gillespie, who is the South Australia manager and former manager of the English counties of Sussex and Yorkshire, had been touted as a potential replacement for Langer.

“I’m not offering myself any work,” Gillespie told reporters on Tuesday. “It’s nice to be thought of that way, but it’s definitely something I don’t even think to entertain.”

Gillespie has contacted the former Test Langer team-mate, who quit as Australia manager on Saturday.

“Everyone was pretty disappointed with how it all turned out – pretty heartbreaking to see, to be honest,” Gillespie said. “But unfortunately it is what it is. Justin has done very well…the decision has been made and whatever decision they make, they do.

“But I think everyone is of the opinion that things could have probably been handled better. He is doing well. He felt he had something to offer Australian cricket. Cricket Australia felt differently. Professional sport and be a coach.”

Gillespie praised Langer’s four-year tenure as national coach.

“Justin will go on and do wonderful things that we all know he can,” he said. “He has done a great job with Australian cricket for the past four years and we all wish him really good luck as he will be successful in whatever he does.”

Andrew McDonald has been named interim head coach and will lead the Pakistan tour next month as well as the upcoming T20I series against Sri Lanka which he was already set to take charge of. He will be a favorite for the permanent role if he wants it.
Trevor Bayliss, the former England manager who is currently with Sydney Thunder, has also been linked with the role.

CA CEO Nick Hockley said the decision not to offer Langer a longer extension – he rejected a six-month offer – was because the team needed something different at the time. ‘to come up. The new coaching structure could see assistants, specialists and consultants play a bigger role, with the head coach overseeing the operation and likely to miss some tours and series.

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