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Famous Australian bowler: Jason Gillespie

by on November 8, 2012
in Australia, Profiles

Jason Gillespie of Australian cricket team

Jason Gillespie, an Australian cricketer who played for the Australian team at an International level in Tests and ODIs, is known for his primary style as a right-arm fast-medium bowler and a capable batsman of the lower-order.

It was in 1996 that Gillespie made his test debut against West Indies which was followed with his ODI debut against Sri Lanka. When it came to his batting, Gillespie acquired a total of 259 wickets in 71 test innings at an average of 26.13 which made him the 6th highest wicket-taker having given the 14th best bowling average. After the series of the Ashes, he tool 40 wickets in the Pura Cup Season during 2005-6 for South Australia. He proved to be the 4th highest wicket taker in the tournament. Gillespie exhibited an even stronger performance against Victoria wherein he took 7/35.

When it came to Gillespie’s batting, he acquired a test score of 201 not out at an average of 18.73. He is considered to be in the Test cricket player who had a batting average less than 20 yet was still able to accomplish 200 runs in the match. He was not an easy batsman to sack and his high ODI score of 44 not out with a superb strike rate of 78.53 while averaging 12.56 is an evidence of it! In 2006, Gillespie set a world record against Bangladesh for the highest individual score which was referred as his first-class century.

Jason’s career came to end due to lots of injuries including suffering from foot injuries, stress fractures in the back, side strains, hip twinges, torn calves, shoulders, groin complaints, aching hamstrings and a broken right leg. All these injuries contributed to Gillepsie’s downfall in a way that his career had to end permanently. 

In 2010, Gillespie became a coach in Zimbabwe and in April 2011, was also appointed as IPL’s team of Kings XI Punjab as their bowling coach. 

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