Gillespie's Australia role

Former Test bowler on coaching staff for 'A' team's tour

Last Updated: 03/06/11 8:29am

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Gillespie: New role

Gillespie: New role

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Former Test star Jason Gillespie will be Australia A's assistant coach on their upcoming tour of Zimbabwe.

The former paceman, who took 259 Test wickets in his distinguished career, is part of Cricket Australia's fast-track coaching programme, which involves a number of former players.

The 36-year-old will work under head coach Troy Cooley on the month-long tour this month.

"This is a really good opportunity for me to learn more about coaching at this level from the likes of Troy Cooley," said Gillespie.

"I spent last summer as head coach of MidWest Rhinos in Zimbabwe's first-class system and was recently the bowling coach for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL with coach Michael Bevan and captain Adam Gilchrist.

"This Australia A tour allows me to further dip my toe into the elite coaching system, to work with some of the best young cricket talent in Australia and to learn from experienced bowling coaches like Troy."

On the tour, Australia A face a one-day tri-series involving Zimbabwe and South Africa A, then two four-day games against Zimbabwe.

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