CRICKET: Jason Gillespie would be ‘perfect fit’ for England, says Yorkshire’s Jack Brooks

Yorkshire County Cricket Club's head coach Jason Gillespie
Yorkshire County Cricket Club's head coach Jason Gillespie
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Jason Gillespie would be a ‘perfect fit’ to be England head coach, according to Yorkshire fast bowler Jack Brooks.

Yorkshire coach Gillespie is widely considered to be the favourite to replace Peter Moores, who was sacked at the weekend after England lost 23 of their 42 fixtures in all formats during his second tenure in the post.

Jack Brooks

Jack Brooks

Martyn Moxon, the Yorkshire director of cricket, has said that there has been no official approach made by the England and Wales Cricket Board for Gillespie yet, but Brooks believes the former Australia paceman would be an ideal appointment.

He said in The Independent: “We don’t want to see all of our hierarchy go off to be in charge of England and it will be sad if we lose him but he would be perfectly suited to international cricket.

“He gets the best out of very talented players, He’s been perfect for us, changing round the fortunes of our club, and the qualities he has as a coach can work with international players, perhaps even more so.

“Having come from an Australia team that was the best in the world for so long, all he knows is winning and he brings a winning ethic.”

Gillespie was named Yorkshire coach in November 2011 and helped the county get promoted from Division Two in his maiden season before winning their first championship crown since 2001 last term.

Brooks, who joined Yorkshire from Northamptonshire in 2012, said his game has improved immensely under Gillespie and believes the national team would similarly benefit playing under the 40-year-old.

Brooks added: “He is a bowler, he knows how bowlers work, he knows when you need an arm round the shoulder or a kick up the backside. My game has gone up so much since I joined Yorkshire.

“If you can get people in a happy place, if they are relaxed when they take the field, they are capable of playing to their full potential. You don’t want to be stressed or tense or worried about what you are going to do.

“It can work with international players even more. If you look at the current England side, they are a very talented and exciting group of players. You just need to get them playing with a bit more freedom and enjoyment.”

Gillespie has long been tipped as a possible replacement for the under-fire Moores, whose short second spell in charge of England came to an end on Saturday.

However, Moxon confirmed after Monday’s play between Yorkshire and Hampshire at Headingley that the ECB had not been in touch regarding Gillespie, saying: “As yet, nothing official has happened.

“We want Gillespie to be able to concentrate on some very big games for Yorkshire, including the T20 Blast. Let him focus on that and we will deal with England if and when it happens.’’

England assistant coach Paul Farbrace, who was Yorkshire’s second XI coach before becoming Sri Lanka coach in 2013, will take charge of the team for the upcoming Test series at home to New Zealand, with new director of cricket Andrew Strauss set to appoint Moores’ permanent successor in due course.