Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie has been named as the assistant coach of Australia for the T20I series against Sri Lanka in February. Justin Langer will be the head coach of the team for the series.
Australia will play Sri Lanka in 3 T20I's from 17th February to 22nd February, but the Test team will be preparing for the 1st Test in India, starting from 23rd February. Full-time head coach Darren Lehmann and support staff will be with the national team in India.
"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. For me, the chance to be working with Justin Langer is terrific. Of course, he's a friend and a former team-mate, but he's also someone who's had success in this form of the game and if I can learn anything from him and his approach then that would be great," said Gillespie about his appointment
"I'm there to support and hopefully play my part in achieving some positive results for us and that is something that is important because Australia hasn't had the success any of us would like in Twenty20 cricket. A series like this is the ideal way for us to try and get better and refine our approach. 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. It's a chance for those selectors to see how, in the case of any new players, they deal with international cricket," he concluded.