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Jason Gillespie Resigns as Coach of SA & Adelaide Strikers

Jason Gillespie Resigns as Coach of SA & Adelaide Strikers

Australian Cricket Legend Jason Gillespie Resigns as Coach of South Australia and Adelaide Strikers

Australian cricket legend Jason Gillespie has resigned from his role as head coach of both the South Australia Redbacks and the Adelaide Strikers, effective June 2024. The move comes after lackluster performances by both teams in recent domestic competitions.

The Redbacks finished second-last in the Sheffield Shield and last in the Marsh One-Day Cup during Gillespie’s tenure. However, the Strikers did reach the finals in the Big Bash League (BBL) under his leadership.

However, they haven’t been able to win any major titles under the leadership of Jason Gillespie in last few years which led to his resignation from the coveted position.

Gillespie’s departure follows the recent resignation of South Australia Cricket Association (SACA) general manager Tim Nielsen. Despite having a year remaining on his contract, reports suggest Gillespie may be considering a coaching vacancy in Pakistan.

During his time with the Strikers, which began in BBL season five, Gillespie secured a maiden championship title for the team in BBL season seven. He took over the Redbacks coaching position in the 2020-21 summer and signed a two-year extension in 2022.

South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) president Will Rayner praised Gillespie’s contribution to South Australian cricket, calling him a “legend.”

“Jason has always represented South Australia with passion and positivity, both as a player and a coach,” Rayner said in a statement. “We are incredibly grateful for his dedication over a long period. He has been a true leader, and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

SACA president Will Rayner praised Gillespie’s contribution to South Australian cricket, stating, “Jason will always be considered one of the legends of South Australian cricket. Both as a player and a coach, he has always represented South Australia with passion and positivity.”

Rayner continued, expressing gratitude for Gillespie’s dedication and leadership, both on and off the field. He wished Gillespie success in his future endeavors.

Gillespie expressed pride in his achievements with SACA and his confidence in South Australian cricket’s future. He thanked his supporters and acknowledged the collaborative effort behind his success. Highlighting the honor of playing and coaching in his home state, Gillespie expressed excitement for exploring new coaching opportunities.

Gillespie’s resignation marks the second coaching departure in Australian domestic cricket, following Queensland Bulls and Brisbane Heat coach Wade Seccombe’s recent step-down.

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