Leading Langer replacement rules himself out

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One of the leading candidates to take over as head coach of the Australian men's cricket team has ruled himself out of the race.

Former Test fast bowler Jason Gillespie told media today he has no interest in pursuing the role, and he won't accept it even if approached by Cricket Australia.

Gillespie is currently coaching South Australia, as well as the Adelaide Strikers in the BBL, and has previously held head coaching roles in England's County championship.

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"I am not putting myself up for any job," Gillespie said.

"I've got a lot of work to do here and I'm absolutely loving it.

Jason Gillespie. (AAP)

"It's nice to be thought of in that way but it's certainly something I am not even thinking about entertaining.

"I've got the greatest job in the world here at South Australia, and I've got two wonderful roles, so I'm fully committed and fully focused on those.

"We feel we're building something here in South Australia, and I'm excited to play some small part in that."

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Gillespie would have been a prime candidate to replace Justin Langer - who quit last Friday - but the list now shortens.

Remaining in contention are Andrew McDonald - who has been named interim coach - his fellow assistant Michael Di Venuto, and Trevor Bayliss. Ricky Ponting - one of Australia's finest ever cricketers - would be perfect for the job, but is part of a faction of former players who have slammed Cricket Australia in the past week.

An army of Langer's former teammates have been heavily critical of the way Langer exited the chair, aiming their anger at the governing body and at the current playing group, mostly captain Pat Cummins.

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Gillespie was sad to see how Langer's demise played out.

"Everyone has been pretty disappointed with how it has all played out... pretty heartbreaking to see, to be honest," Gillespie said.

"But unfortunately, it is what it is.

"Justin has handled himself very well. The decision has been made and whatever decision they make, they make.

"But I think everyone is of the opinion that things probably could have been handled better.

"He is OK. He felt he had something to offer Australian cricket. Cricket Australia felt differently.

"So move on, that's part and parcel I suppose of being in professional sport and being a coach."

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