The England Lions have been given a boost with the news that current Sussex head coach and former Australian quick Jason Gillespie will join the red-ball team in Australia.
The Lions are set to play 3 four-day games in Australia, in the hope that several players will gain experience ahead of the next Ashes tour, and it's a former Australia great who will be helping them.
Gillespie played in 71 tests, taking 259 wickets at an average of 26.13 in Australian colours and his advice on how to get the most out of the Australian surfaces will be vital for young bowlers like Saqib Mahmood and Craig Overton.
Speaking to the ECB website, Gillespie said:
I’m excited by the opportunity to work with Richard Dawson, his support staff and all the players.
“It’s a great chance to listen and learn from different people and I hope that I can add some value to the team from my own cricket experiences.
“Richard is a great friend of mine as someone I played and coached with at Yorkshire and played against for Australia, so I know what an excellent person and leader he is. It’s going to be great fun and a really rewarding experience.”
As well as being a very good cricketer, Jason Gillespie is a well-regarded coach, with his name popping up during Chris Silverwood's recruitment as England men's national coach. I wouldn't bet against Jason getting the job at some point in the future, but for now he's willing to use his knowledge to help the young Lions roar in Australia.
The first lions 4 day-game starts in Hobart on the 15th of February.