Jason Gillespie is a former Austrlain bowler who has made his name coaching sides such as Yorkshire & Sussex. He led Yorkshire to promotion from the second division in 2012 and back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015. Jason or ‘Dizzy’ as he is known after the Jazz musician ran Trevor Bayliss close when he was appointed as England coach and earlier this year had a short-term spell with Kent.
he was described as by cricinfo as ‘few Australian fast men can have owned such deep wells of tenacity. Gillespie bowls long spells in the hottest conditions – always uncomplainingly, and always with the seam upright and the ball jagging both ways – and he showed the trait again when he promised to return to the national team and memorably achieved his aim against Bangladesh. He collected eight wickets in the two-match series, taking his Test tally to 259 while McGrath, Kasprowicz and Tait were missing, but his unforgettable moment came over 574 minutes and 425 balls. His maiden century was a magnificent, unbeaten 201 that was easily the highest score by a nightwatchman.
He is popular with team-mates and bashful with the public. He watches wrestling, listens to heavy metal and celebrated his first Test fifty with a bat ride embellished from the movie Happy Gilmore. He was more restrained while clocking off unthinkable milestones at Chittagong and it was appropriate recognition for a hardy and valuable batting approach that has also produced two unbeaten half-centuries and a priceless 26, which sealed a hard-fought draw against India in 2004-05. A second first-class century came in 2007 at Yorkshire shortly before he retained his Cricket Australia contract. Throughout the previous home season he was certain he wouldn’t be rewarded, but his 30 Pura Cup wickets at 28.43 helped him to sneak into the squad as experienced back-up, ending the idea of him moving states. With no chance of a recall, he announced his retirement from first-class cricket during the 2007-08 season and signed a three-year contract with the unofficial Indian Cricket League.
The great-grandson of a Kamilaroi warrior, Gillespie occupies a significant niche in Australian history as the first acknowledged Aboriginal Test cricketer’.
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