British media are reporting that Australian Trevor Bayliss is set to become the England cricket coach ahead of compatriot Jason Gillespie.
Yorkshire coach and former Australia fast bowler Gillespie was widely expected to get the job but new England cricket director Andrew Strauss has opted for the 52-year-old Bayliss who led Sri Lanka to the 2011 World Cup final.
"The ECB have said they're speaking to their preferred candidate," the 40-year-old Gillespie said.
"I've spoken to Andrew Strauss and I'm not that preferred candidate. So that's fine."
"It would have been a good job to have, there are exciting times ahead for English cricket and it would have been a great challenge but it's not be," the 40-year-old former Australia seamer added.
"As I've said I've got a wonderful job with Yorkshire and with Adelaide Strikers and I'm looking forward to continuing that work."
Bayliss has also coached Australian state side New South Wales and Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.
Paul Farbrace, who worked as assistant coach to Bayliss with Sri Lanka, was put in charge of the England team for the current two-test series against New Zealand after Peter Moores was sacked.
The five-match Ashes series against Australia starts on July 8.