Former Australian pace bowler Jason Gillespie was reportedly the leading contender to join the national side as bowling coach, with "advanced talks" having already taken shape. However, Gillespie has come out rubbishing any such things, stating that he has not spoken about it to Cricket Australia and does not intend to do so as well.
The position is presently lying vacant after Craig McDermott resigned as Australia's bowling coach after the conclusion of the World T20 in India in March. Meanwhile, Adam Griffith and Allan Donald will be a part of the Aussie side on their tours to the West Indies and Sri Lanka, respectively, as temporary bowling coach, but the full-time position remains to be filled.
Gillespie is presently involved with county side Yorkshire CCC and has been lauded for his role by some top English greats. The Australian, who is also a part of the Adelaide Strikers, has made it clear that he is happy with his present roles.
"Just to be absolutely clear, I have not spoken to CA about a role with the Australian Cricket Team. Darren (Lehmann) mentioned my name in a radio interview a while back (in April) re: me being involved so it stands to reason that I will be linked to certain positions," Fox Sports quoted Gillespie as saying.
"Bear in mind I have not applied for any role with CA nor do I intend to. I am currently very happy in my roles with Yorkshire CCC and the Adelaide Strikers."
With Gillespie having ruled out, there are other contenders, like former Australian bowlers such as Andy Bichel and Ryan Harris, who could don the Australia's bowling coach hat.