GILLESPIE WILL ENCOURAGE SANDPAPERING LEATHER FROM CRICKET BALLS IF HIRED AS AUSTRALIAN COACH TO REPLACE WITH ‘VEGAN ALTERNATIVE’
Former Australian test cricketer and current coach of Sussex, Jason Gillespie, has announced that if hired as Darren Lehmann’s replacement as coach of the Australian men’s cricket team, he will further encourage the use of sandpaper on cricket balls saying that Cameron Bancroft ‘didn’t go far enough’.
Speaking exclusively to ASW Gillespie, who is one of a handful of candidates touted as possible replacements for the outgoing Lehmann, revealed that ball tampering would be one of his main priorities.
“People are angry at Bancroft because he tried to remove the shine from the cricket ball with sandpaper. I’m angry at him because he didn’t remove the leather all together,” said Gillespie, an ethical vegan.
“The shine on a cricket ball is made with shellac, which is produced by lac bugs, so Cameron was already on the right track by removing that, but to not go all the way is criminal.
“If I were appointed coach I’d make Australia sandpaper the leather from each and every cricket ball and replace it with compacted, fermented soybean. I’d call it ball tempeh-ring.”
This wouldn’t be the first time Gillespie had flown in the face of cricket tradition to maintain his vegan principles. In 2004, in a Test against New Zealand, Gillespie replaced all the bowlers’ baggy green caps with replicas made of hemp, to protest the use of sheep’s wool. Shane Warne and Michael Kasprowicz each took four wickets in the first innings, while Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie each made half-centuries with the bat.
Gillespie says he may re-introduce the hemp caps if appointed coach.
“I would have kept the hemp cap tradition going back then, because they were so successful, but Warney smoked them all.”
Cricket Australia are expected to announce their decision on the soon vacant position in the coming weeks.