For the three T20 matches with Sri Lanka, team Australia will have Jason Gillespie and Justin Langer as coaches. It was confirmed recently that Gillespie will join Langer as the interim coach. Both are now coaching their respective big Bash League teams. Gillespie is the coach for Adelaide Strikers and Langer's team is Perth Scorchers. They will take the coaching baton of the T20 international team while Darren Lehmann and David Saker will coach the Test side. Australia will be playing Test in UAE and India right after the T20 schedule. The T20 international is, in fact, conflicting with the preparation for the Test tour to India.
Australia's performance manager Pat Howard said that Gillespie has significant experience as a coach not only in Australia, but across the globe. The official believes that the new coach will work perfect along with Langer for the team. Per Howard, the coaches will be able to take on their duty and execute them perfectly as, in addition to being home grown coaches, they are fresh with the BBL experience. As BBL is a T20 series, its experience would naturally offer an upper hand to the coaches to handle and prepare the team for Sri Lanka. Howard said that the coaches will be immersed in the format ahead of the series and help the team to hit the ground "when the action gets underway."
Meanwhile, Gillespie is getting ready for the tournament as well as the team. He has been an all format coach for Yorkshire in the last five years. He is eager to work with Langer as the coach for the international team. The coaches are the former team mates playing alongside for Australia. He said that working with Langer will be terrific. He said that he is not only a friend and a former team mate, but also a player who had immense success in all format of the game. He also said that leaning for him, if he can, will be great.
Gillespie further said that he will play the part in achieving the positive results for the team. He pointed out that his team did not have the kind of T20 success they need. He said that T20 series are important and are ideal ways to try for better records. Several players in the T20 squad will be from the BBL circuit as the others will be preparing for the Test series with India. He said that it would be a chance for selectors to check how new domestic players deal with international players. The three T20 matches will be at Kardinia Park, MCG, and Adelaide Oval, staring from February 17.
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