Jason Gillespie is one of the front-runners to take over from Rod Marsh's position as the permanent Chairman of Selectors for the Australian Cricket Team, while he is also being considered for every other position in the team.
While Trevor Hohns has taken over from Marsh as an interim Chairman, the search is on for a successor to the much-maligned role.
Gillespie has proven himself as an identifier of talent with great leadership qualities, having coached Yorkshire from a faultering division 2 side to back-to-back division one champions in only a matter of three years.
Due to this impressive coaching record, not only is he being considered for the selector's role, but also as head coach to replace ex-playing partner Darren Lehmann. Lehmann and Gillespie played alongside each other both for South Australia and on the International stage, where Gillespie was one of the main strike bowlers for Australia taking 259 wickets at an average of 26.13.
Due to this impressive bowling record, not only is he being considered for the selector's role, and the coaching role, but also as a bowling option to slot in to the ever-rotating bowling line-up for Australia. Gillespie has not played an international Test match since 2006 when he famously made 201 not out against Bangladesh in Chittagong, although he did continue to play first class cricket for Yorkshire, making an unbeaten 123 the next year, and South Australia, making an unbeaten 118 the following year.
Due to this impressive batting record, not only is he being considered for the selector's role, and the coaching role, and as a bowling option, but also as a steadying batsman in Australia's middle order which has offered very little resistance against South Africa this summer. Nicknamed 'The Walking Forward Defence', Gillespie could provide the consistent stability needed in the current side. He could also provide a much needed morale boost as Gillespie was frequently identified as one of the practical jokers on the team, relieving tension during Australia's record-breaking period of dominance in the early part of this century.
Due to this temperament, not only is he being considered for the selector's role, and the coaching role, and as a bowling option, and as a batting solution, but also as a member of the touring squad in order to raise spirits.
Current Australian wicketkeeper Peter Nevill, when asked about the possibility of Gillespie's recruitment, only offered support.
"I think it'd be great. I've always looked up to him as a bowler, batsman, leader, technical coach and as a person. Plus, he can't wicketkeep for shit, so I'm all for it."
No decisions have yet been made by Cricket Australia.