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Gillespie's coaching future up in the air

AAP logoAAP 31/08/2016 By Joe Barton

Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie has ruled himself out of international coaching in the immediate future - declaring his family more important than his career.

The highly-rated mentor, who will step down from his role at English county side Yorkshire in the coming weeks and return to Australian, says his first job is as a husband and parent and that will taken precedence until his children are older.

Gillespie has four children with wife Anna - the youngest, Delaney, is 3 and the eldest, Jackson, 10 - and he doesn't want to miss their formative years. He also has a granddaughter from a previous marriage.

That rules him out of international positions such as the Australian post held by Darren Lehmann, who plans to finish after the Ashes and World Cup in 2019, or the bowling job he knocked back earlier this year.

Lehmann was eager to get Gillespie back into the Australian system and gauged his interest in applying for the bowling position which was ultimately claimed by David Saker.

But Gillespie, who claimed 259 Test wickets in a decorated international career, knocked it back.

"He laid it all on the table, what the role would entail, and he left it with me," Gillespie said on Wednesday.

"But the brutal reality was the amount of travel involved - 300 days a year away from home. "That doesn't work with family.

"I'm not saying it won't in the future once the kids are a bit older but they're a young, important age. "

Consultancy roles with the national team - such as single-tour positions taken up by the likes of South African quick Allan Donald and Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan - would appeal more, Gillespie admits.

"Shorter-term roles, if someone feels I can add value in that then potentially I'd look at that," he said.

"But to be honest I haven't really thought about that."

Gillespie will close out the domestic season with Yorkshire before returning to Adelaide, where his family recently moved back to, before resuming his role at the Adelaide Strikers as the Big Bash League ramps up over summer.

But before that, he insists it will be beach, golf and time with the family.

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