Jason Gillespie

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Jason Gillespie
Jason Gillespie Portrait.jpg
Personal information
Full name Jason Neil Gillespie
Born (1975-04-19) 19 April 1975 (age 39)
Sydney, Australia
Nickname Dizzy, The Walking Forward Defence
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 370) 29 November 1996 v West Indies
Last Test 16 April 2006 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 127) 30 August 1996 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 12 July 2005 v England
ODI shirt no. 4
Domestic team information
Years Team
1994-2008 South Australia
2006-2007 Yorkshire
2008 Glamorgan
Career statistics
Competition Test ODIs FC LA
Matches 71 97 189 192
Runs scored 1,218 201 3,742 640
Batting average 18.73 12.56 19.59 14.22
100s/50s 1/2 0/0 3/10 0/0
Top score 201* 44* 201* 44*
Balls bowled 14,234 5,144 35,372 10,048
Wickets 259 142 613 255
Bowling average 26.13 25.42 26.98 27.40
5 wickets in innings 8 3 22 3
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 2 n/a
Best bowling 7/37 5/22 8/50 5/22
Catches/stumpings 27/– 10/– 68/– 31/–
Source: cricinfo.com, 19 November 2008

Jason Neil Gillespie (born 19 April 1975 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian cricketer who formerly represented Australia at international level, in both Tests and One Day Internationals, and South Australia, Yorkshire and Glamorgan at first-class level. His primary role is as a right-arm fast-medium bowler, but he is also a competent lower-order batsman with a Test double century, an unbeaten 201. He was an AIS Australian Cricket Academy scholarship holder in 1995.[1] He made his Test debut against the West Indies at Sydney in 1996 and his One Day International debut against Sri Lanka at Colombo in the Singer World Series in 1996. On 29 February 2008, Gillespie announced his retirement from first-class cricket in Australia and then played for a period in the unauthorised Indian Cricket League for the Ahmedabad Rockets.[2] At the end of the 2008 English domestic season he retired from all first-class cricket,[3] and is currently the first team coach of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.


Jason Gillespie is a descendant on his father's side of the Kamilaroi people of Indigenous Australians, and is the first acknowledged Aboriginal person to become a Test cricketer.[4] His mother has Greek heritage.[5] He attended Cabra Dominican College in Adelaide, South Australia. Jason married Anna (née McEvoy) in 2003. The couple have 3 children, Jackson (born February 2006) and Brandon (born October 2007),[6] and a daughter, born November 2012 in Yorkshire.[7] Gillespie also has a daughter, Sapphire (born March 1995) from a previous relationship.[8]


Gillespie took 259 wickets in 71 Tests (at an average of 26.13) making him Australia's sixth-highest wicket-taker and giving him the 14th best bowling average for Australian bowlers who have taken more than a hundred wickets.[9]

In terms of pace, he bowled in the mid 140s-150 km/h mark in his early career up to about 2001. When he made his comeback in the 2000/01 season, he bowled more consistently, but at a speed of about mid-130s-low-140s in terms of kilometres per hour. Consistent injuries forced Gillespie to operate from a shorter run-up and therefore reduce his pace.

Gillespie seldom dominated a Test series (the most wickets he took in a series is 20), but he was a reliable support bowler over several years for his more famous teammates Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne. However, Gillespie's career suffered an unexpectedly sharp decline. In early 2005, there were some signs that he was struggling, with somewhat poor displays against New Zealand, but he was still considered Australia's leading fast-bowling partner for McGrath. This poor form continued into the 2005 Ashes series where he struggled badly, taking just three wickets at a cost of 300 runs and, as a result, was dropped after the third Test.

After the Ashes series Gillespie took 40 wickets for South Australia during the 2005/06 Pura Cup Season. He was the fourth-highest wicket taker in the competition, with an average (21.27) far below the other leading wicket takers. His best figures came against Victoria where he took 7-35. These performances saw him make a return to the Australian Test side against Bangladesh after injury problems to the first choice attack. Gillespie was named man of the series after taking 8 wickets and making a double century in the two Tests but was never selected to play for Australia again.


Gillespie has occasionally proved his worth with the bat, with a highest Test score of 201 not out and an average of 18.73. He is the only player in Test cricket with a career batting average of less than 20 to reach 200 runs in an innings. He demonstrated a solid defensive game, known amongst team-mates as 'The Walking Forward Defence', and despite not regularly making big scores, he was a difficult batsman to dismiss and occupied the crease for substantial periods of time, allowing his batting partner time to get a big score.

He has a one-day international high of 44 not out and he averages 12.56 in one-day internationals with an impressive strike rate of 78.53.

In the second Test match against Bangladesh at Chittagong on 19 April 2006, Jason Gillespie (201 not out) set the world record (on his 31st birthday) for the highest individual score by a night watchman. This was Gillespie's maiden first-class century. Gillespie also shared a 4th wicket partnership of 320 runs with Michael Hussey. Gillespie was awarded man-of-the-match honours for his double-century in the first innings, and he was also named man of the series for his efforts that included eight wickets, at an average of 11.25, across the two Tests.

Gillespie made his first domestic first-class century exactly a year later on his 32nd birthday in a County Championship match versus Surrey at The Oval whilst playing for Yorkshire. He hit an unbeaten 123 and in doing so, alongside Tim Bresnan, set a record ninth-wicket partnership for Yorkshire. The pair put on 246 before Bresnan was stumped off the bowling of Nayan Doshi. Gillespie's 123 not out was also the highest score for Yorkshire by a number 10 batsman.

Gillespie made his first Australian domestic century in a Pura Cup match in the 2007/08 season against Tasmania. He put on a 250-run partnership with the South Australian wicketkeeper Graham Manou, who made 190. Gillespie remained 118 not out when the innings came to a close.


Jason Gillespie preparing to bowl for South Australia against Western Australia in January 2007.

Throughout his career, Gillespie has had bad luck with injuries, suffering from foot injuries, stress fractures in the back, hip twinges, side-strains, shoulders, torn calves, aching hamstrings, groin complaints and a broken right leg. He played only 52 from a possible 92 Tests following his debut to his axing during the 2005 Ashes series. Despite these problems, he was still both accurate and economical.

In Australia's 1999 tour of Sri Lanka, he was involved in a sickening outfield collision when both he and Steve Waugh were running to take a catch. Waugh was running from the infield towards the outfield, while Gillespie was running in. Waugh dived for the ball resulting in his nose and Gillespie's right leg being broken. The catch was not taken.


Gillespie became a coach in Zimbabwe in August 2010. He works primarily with the MidWest Rhinos, but he is also working on "grass roots" activities to improve the performance of young players in Zimbabwe.[10]

Gillespie was drafted in as the bowling coach of IPL's team Kings XI Punjab after their opening match against Pune Warriors in April 2011.[11]

In November 2011, he was named First team coach of Yorkshire after a shake up in the club's coaching system.[12]


  1. ^ Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002. 
  2. ^ "Cricket on Times of India | Live Cricket Score, Cricket News, India Cricket" (in French). Cricket.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  3. ^ Gillespie happy with retirement decision, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 9 November 2008
  4. ^ "Aboriginal cricket: The first Australian tour of England, 1868". BBC News. 2013-07-09. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  5. ^ "Darwin dreaming inspires Gillespie". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 July 2003. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Alison's Tea Break: Gillespie -'Three different formats is the biggest challenge for bowlers today'". YouTube. 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  8. ^ "Another son arrives for Jason & Anna Gillespie | Aussie Bub Blog". Aussiebubblog.wordpress.com. 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  9. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | Australia | Test matches | Best averages | ESPN Cricinfo". Stats.cricinfo.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  10. ^ Cricinfo staff (18 August 2010). "Donald and Gillespie bullish about Zimbabwe". ESPN. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  11. ^ [2][dead link]
  12. ^ Jason Gillespie named Yorkshire coach and batsman Phil Jaques returns, BBC, Retrieved 22 May 2012

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