Root: Gillespie would be ideal England coach

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Newly appointed England vice-captain Joe Root says Jason Gillespie has the necessary experience to turn the national team's fortunes around ahead of a big summer of cricket for the Three Lions.

Gillespie, who played in more than 170 international matches for Australia over a ten-year period between 1996 and 2006, is seen as the favourite to succeed Peter Moores as head coach of the England national team.

New ECB Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss has already said that former the former fast bowler is one of the candidates to replace Moores, along with another Aussie Justin Langer, England's Paul Collingwood and a few others.

Gillespie is currently the coach at English domestic side Yorkshire and led them to their first county championship in more than decade, and Root, who plays for Yorkshire, says Dizzy would be his ideal coach for the Three Lions.

Root said: "I've loved working with Jason at Yorkshire. People have to make decisions that are completely out of my hands. Of course his experience at international level is going to be a benefit but he's great with everyone in and around the squad.

"His enthusiasm always comes across in his coaching – he loves what he's doing and passes that on to you through his team talks and the way he coaches.

"It's an exciting summer coming up. We've got some tough opposition coming here and his experience can only help."

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