Jason Gillespie takes Papua New Guinea coaching role

Jason Gillespie takes Papua New Guinea coaching role

Jason Gillespie says a spell with Papua New Guinea can only benefit him further down the line in his coaching career.

Jason Gillespie has been appointed interim head coach of Papua New Guinea after the Australia A tour of South Africa was cancelled.

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Gillespie was due to take charge of Australia's second string in South Africa for matches in July and August, but the tour was called off due to the pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association.

The former Australia paceman will now turn his attention to a temporary role with PNG as a replacement for Dipak Patel.

PNG play against a National Performance Squad side, the Australian Indigenous team and a Queensland XI in Australia next month.

Gillespie will also be in charge when they come up against Scotland in two matches as they strive to qualify for the 2019 World Cup.

"I'm really excited about it, as much to have another cricketing experience with another team and another country," Gillespie told

"It broadens my experiences and broadens my learning and hopefully it will hold me in good stead going forward.  

"I'll be interested to see first hand how these guys go."

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