YORKSHIRE captain Andrew Gale says he would not be surprised if Jason Gillespie leads Adelaide Strikers to the Big Bash trophy.
The Yorkshire first-team coach got off to a winning start yesterday when the Strikers – including Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid – beat Melbourne Stars by 19 runs.
Strikers are by no means favourites for the competition, but Stars are one of the fancied sides and represented a fine scalp for Gillespie in his secondary role as Strikers’ new coach.
“Dizzy (Gillespie) writes his own scripts, so I wouldn’t put it past him to go and win it (the Big Bash),” said Gale.
“It’s certainly a fantastic opportunity for him.
“I’m hoping that he’ll come back with some fresh ideas for us in T20.
“Hopefully, he’ll have some success out there and bring a bit of it our way too.”
Gillespie has a two-year deal at Strikers with the blessing of Yorkshire, who see the short time he will spend Down Under each winter as mutually beneficial.
He will be joined for a fortnight after Christmas in Adelaide by another member of the Yorkshire coaching staff in Rich Pyrah.
After Strikers scored 187-5 yesterday at the Adelaide Oval, Alex Ross and captain Brad Hodge posting half-centuries, Rashid took 2-27 from four overs – including the wicket of his ex-Yorkshire team-mate Glenn Maxwell.
Rashid is playing with the blessing of England, who feel it will give him useful experience ahead of next year’s World Twenty20.
Ditto new Yorkshire signing David Willey, whose Perth Scorchers side face Gillespie’s men at the WACA on Monday.
“It’s only going to help the likes of Rash and David Willey,” said Gale.
“Twenty20 is one of those games where you only get better at it by playing it.
“It doesn’t matter how many nets or practice games you do.
“Until you’re in that pressure cooker, you don’t excel at it.”