Gillespie not gutted about England job

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Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie has confirmed that he is not the preferred candidate of ECB director of cricket Andrew Strauss to be the new coach of the England team.

It has been speculated that Australian Trevor Bayliss, a former Sri Lanka coach, is set to be offered the position despite Gillespie being the favourite to get the job.

Speaking while Yorkshire were playing Somerset at Taunton, Gillespie told reporters: "The ECB have said they're speaking to a preferred candidate. I've spoken to Andrew Strauss and I'm not that preferred candidate, so that's absolutely fine.

"I think it would have been a good job to have, no question. There's exciting times ahead for English cricket and it would have been a great challenge, but that's not to be.

"I've got a wonderful job at Yorkshire and the Adelaide Strikers and I'm looking forward to continuing that work."

Paul Farbrace, who was an assistant to Bayliss with Sri Lanka, is currently overseeing the coaching duties in the Test series against New Zealand.

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