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Gillespie resigns from Redbacks, Strikers coaching roles

Callan Morse -

Jason Gillespie has resigned from his position as head coach of the South Australia Redbacks and Adelaide Strikers.

The Kamilaroi man lead the Strikers in nine seasons, including to their maiden Big Bash League Championship in BBL|07, the club qualifying for BBL finals six times under his watch.

Appointed to lead the Redbacks - South Australia's domestic side - ahead of the 2020/21 season, Gillespie oversaw two sixth-placed finishes in his first two years, the Redbacks managing just six wins in 36 shield matches under his guidance.

SA's one-day side fared slightly better with Gillespie at the helm, securing six wins in 25 Marsh Cup matches during his tenure.

In exiting the position with a year left on his contract, the 48-year-old said he was proud have coached his home state, where he played from 1994/95 until his retirement in 2007/08.

"I am incredibly proud of what we achieved together at the SACA, and I will always cherish those memories," Gillespie said.

"I have no doubt that South Australian cricket has a bright future.

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"To be able to play and coach in my home state has been a wonderful experience, something I feel honoured to have achieved.

"Looking forward, I am excited to explore new opportunities in the sport and pursue the next chapter in my career."

Previous to his coaching roles at the SACA, Gillespie had coached in England at county clubs Yorkshire, Glamorgan and Sussex.

The SACA declined to comment on reports linking Gillespie to Pakistan's vacant coaching role, with SACA president Will Rayner said Gillespie would always be considered one of the greats of South Australian cricket.

"We are extremely grateful for the dedication he has shown to South Australian cricket over a remarkably long period of time," he said.

"He has been a genuine leader both on and off the field and we wish him every success in the future."

Previous to his coaching role at the SACA, Gillespie played 71 Tests and 97 ODI's for Australia, and is considered the second Indigenous player to have represented Australia after the late Aunty Faith Thomas.

Gillespie will finish his roles with the SACA at the end of June.

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