‘Gillespie would be a breath of fresh air’

County Cricket

Former England captain Michael Vaughan feels Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie would be the perfect coach for the England national side, as he's got the experience with the bulk of the players, as well as a sterling track record.

Gillespie is one of the top candidates to replace the sacked Peter Moores, who was given his walking papers this weekend, but it's unclear whether he'll be willing to give up his post at the championship-winning side in Leeds.

Vaughan told BBC Sport: "I think he's the stand-out candidate. Gillespie's in our system, he's gone through our coaching badges, he's been at Yorkshire for a few years and he's done tremendously.

"He plays the right style of cricket and I think he will be a breath of fresh air.

"The game's become too serious, too dramatic. It's a game of cricket and we need someone with a little bit of a sense of reality and Jason Gillespie would bring that."

The former Australia fast bowler led the Tykes to their first domestic title in a decade last season, and has seen up to six of his players picked for England at once, with Joe Root and Gary Ballance solidifying the top order.

Other candidates mentioned are Justin Langer, the former Australia batsman, and Paul Collingwood, the former England all-rounder, though he has said it's a long shot for him to be tempted away from Durham.