STRAUSS PLAN IN TATTERS; Langer Won't Move to England and Gillespie Is Happy at Yorkshire

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STRAUSS PLAN IN TATTERS; Langer Won't Move to England and Gillespie Is Happy at Yorkshire


Byline: PAUL NEWMAN and LAWRENCE BOOTH

ANDREW STRAUSS faces a race against time to appoint England's new head coach before the Ashes after the two Australians he had earmarked as the strongest candidates both distanced themselves from the job yesterday.

The sense of chaos surrounding English cricket at the start of another Ashes summer continued when Justin Langer ruled himself out of contention and Jason Gillespie said he would 'take some persuading' to leave Yorkshire.

It is another setback for England on the eve of tomorrow's first Investec Test against New Zealand, following the sacking of Peter Moores and the unending recriminations surrounding Kevin Pietersen's exile.

Gillespie has been favourite to replace Moores ever since he was sacked in the wake of England's defeat by the West Indies in Barbados but it emerged that Strauss, the new director of cricket, has twice contacted his old Middlesex team-mate Langer.

'Andrew Strauss rang me up last Tuesday and we spoke again on Friday,' said the Western Australia coach. 'And I promised I would tell him by Saturday if I was interested in joining the process. Then I told him for lots of reasons that I am going to stay in Perth.

'When I followed my gut and my heart it was an easy decision. If I was following my head it was probably a hard one. One day I would like to coach Australia.' It always appeared unlikely that Langer would be a serious contender, as he is settled with his young family in his home city and has been earmarked as the longterm successor to Darren Lehmann as the next Australia coach. He is also fiercely patriotic and, as part of his country's golden generation, would rarely waste an opportunity to tell an English audience how much the Baggy Green cap meant to him. He would have been an improbable England coach.

Gillespie, while also a proud Australian, is a much more feasible choice but it is clear that Strauss is going to have to work hard to convince him to leave his twin coaching roles with Yorkshire and Adelaide Strikers.

'I would certainly take some persuading,' Gillespie told BBC Sport yesterday.

'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. It's very flattering but I haven't had any contact and until that happens, I can't say anything.' Gillespie is another man with a young family and it is his wife and four children, who are settled in Leeds, who hold the key to Strauss being able to convince him to join the year-long, gruelling treadmill of the international circuit. …

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