Jason Gillespie, the red-hot favourite to take the vacant England head coach job, says it is “very flattering” to be linked with the role but warned he would need some persuasion to leave Yorkshire.
The former Australia fast bowler was immediately linked with the post following the sacking of Peter Moores on May 9 having impressed as coach of the White Rose, who he led to the LV= County Championship title last year.
England’s new director of cricket Andrew Strauss confirmed at his unveiling that Gillespie was one of the candidates to replace Moores.
But the 40-year-old has revealed he will not readily relinquish his position at Headingley, where he was named head coach in November 2011.
“It’s very flattering. (But) I love my job here at Yorkshire,” Gillespie, who took 259 wickets in 71 Tests for Australia, said.
“The Yorkie boys have been giving me enough grief about it, which has been quite funny. But I haven’t had any contact and until that happens I can’t say anything.
“It would certainly take some persuading (to leave). I wake up every morning and I’m in my dream job. It’s just fantastic, but I don’t know what the future holds.”
Gillespie’s former international team-mate Justin Langer removed himself from the reckoning after signing a two-year contract extension with Western Australia overnight.
Meanwhile Glenn Maxwell, one of Yorkshire’s overseas players, can’t wait to get going at Headingley.
“Yorkshire are the form team in the Championship and are very hard to beat.
“You get a real sense of camaraderie. I want to be part of that and help the lads really make an impact.”