Former pacer Jason Gillespie, who was tipped to replace Justin Langer as Australia’s new coach, stated on Tuesday (February 8) that he is not interested in the top job and called Justin Langer’s resignation as “disheartening.” Langer stood down last Weekend following months of player complaints over his coaching style. Under his leadership, Australia won the T20 World Cup and the Ashes series 4-0.

According to ESPN, Gillespie said, “I’m not looking for a job right now. It’s good to be thought of in that light, but it’s not something I’m considering. I’ve taken 259 wickets in 71 Tests and 142 wickets in 97 ODIs. Everybody was upset with how everything is turned out – it has been very sad to witness, to be honest. But, alas, that is the situation. Justin has conducted himself admirably, the choice has been made, and they will follow through with it. However, I believe that everyone agrees that things might have been better handled. He’s OK. He believed he could contribute to Australian cricket. Cricket Australia had a different opinion. So, move on, I assume that’s just part of being a coach in professional sports.”

Following the departure of Langer, assistant coach Andrew McDonald has been named temporary coach ahead of the upcoming tour of Pakistan and the T20I series against Sri Lanka.