Gillespie backs Bayliss call

The Yorkshire coach revealed on Sky Sports on Monday he was “not the preferred candidate” to succeed Peter Moores in the post.

Gillespie’s fellow Australian Bayliss is expected to be confirmed as coach on Tuesday, an appointment already endorsed by stand-in coach Paul Farbrace and leading figures in the game.

And now Gillespie has added his own voice to those in favour of the decision, telling the Yorkshire Evening Post:??”If I put myself in Andrew’s shoes, I’d probably??make the same decision, if I’m honest.”

The former Test fast bowler also denied he had any problems with the ECB’s policy on Kevin Pietersen, saying: “They made it very clear they’ve got a stance – I’m referring to Kev – and I didn’t have a problem with it.

“There were no issues and that has nothing to do with it. From my end, I??supported the decisions made and when you go into a job, you cannot just come in??and say, ‘I’m doing this, I’m doing that’.

“You need to get a feel for it, get to know people and understand the role,??you can’t just come in and go whizz, bang, wallop.”

Gillespie’s focus now is on retaining the County Championship with Yorkshire and improving the county’s limited-overs performances.

“These are exciting times for Yorkshire and it’s far from all doom??and gloom from my point of view,” he said.

“We’ve made it very clear that we want to improve our one-day cricket and we feel as though we’ve got the squad to compete in all forms of the game.”

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