A legend of the game from his playing days as a fast bowler for Australia in Test and one-day international cricket, Jason Gillespie has made an impressive start to his coaching career. Following a spell in Zimbabwe, he returned to Headingley ahead of the 2012 summer.
Gillespie spent two years with the county as their overseas player in 2006 and 2007, so it was no surprise when he accepted the offer of the job as first-team coach in a restructure of the coaching department.
Dizzy, as he known throughout the world of cricket, guided the White Rose to County Championship promotion in his first season in charge as well as to the final of the Friends Life t20 and to the Champions League t20 competition as a direct result.
In his second season in charge, 2013, he oversaw Yorkshire’s second-placed finish in the top tier of the Championship.
Enjoying the game is a big part of the ex-MidWest Rhino’s coach’s philosophy, as is ensuring attacking cricket where possible.
As a player, Gillespie was part of a golden era for Australian cricket. He took 402 wickets for his country in all forms of international cricket, including 259 in 71 Tests. He also scored a double-century as a night-watchman against Bangladesh in his last Test.
Australia’s sixth highest wicket-taker in Test cricket would surely have played more at the highest level had he not suffered bad luck through injuries, including back stress fractures and a broken right leg.
Born in Sydney, Gillespie also played for Glamorgan as an overseas player before retiring in 2008. His great-grandfather was a Kamilaroi Warrior, meaning Gillespie was the first acknowledged Aboriginal Test cricketer.
1994 – Toured India with Australia’s under 19s in March alongside the likes of Mike Hussey, Andrew Symonds and Brett Lee before making his List A (one-day) debut for South Australia later in the year.
1995 – His first three List A matches for SA brought him eleven wickets, including two four-wicket hauls in his first two outings. Debuted in first-class cricket against Queensland in a Sheffield Shield match in March.
1996 – Claimed 51 Sheffield Shield wickets as the league-leading Redbacks clinched the state title. His haul included seven wickets in a drawn final against Western Australia at Adelaide in early April. He made his one-day international and Test debuts against Sri Lanka and the West Indies in August and and November respectively. His ODI debut was only the fourth List A appearance of his career.
1997 – Snared the first five-wicket haul of his Test career in the second of a three-match series against South Africa in Port Elizabeth in March – the Aussies won the series 2-1 – before going on to play his part in an Ashes win on English soil. His 7-37 in the third Test at Headingley was his career best haul.
1999 – Suffered a broken leg during an on-field collision with Steve Waugh whilst fielding against Sri Lanka in the first Test at Kandy in September. Waugh broke his nose in the same incident.
1999-2001 – Recovered to play an important part in Australia’s record 16 successive Test victories between October 1999 and February 2001, something the country achieved again between December 2005 and January 2008 as Gillespie’s career was coming to an end.
2001 – Returned first-class career best figures of 8-50 for SA against New South Wales at the SCG in October.
2003 – Played four matches in his only one-day World Cup in South Africa through February and March, a tournament Australia won. He did not play in the final, however, despite taking eight wickets and finishing with the best economy rate and average in the squad.
2004 – Claimed 9-80 against India at Nagpur in October, the best match haul of his Test career. He took 20 wickets in the four-match series, matching his best series return.
2005 – Dropped for the last two Tests of the Ashes series in England, which the hosts won. Played the last of his 97 ODIs against England in July. Returned to state cricket with some effect, taking 7-35 in the Sheffield Shield against Victoria in November.
2006 – Regained his Test place for a tour to Bangladesh, scoring a record-breaking 201 not out as night-watchman from number three in the second Test at Chittagong in April. He shared 320 for the fifth wicket with Mike Hussey, and his innings (spanning nine hours, 34 minutes) was the longest ever by a night-watchman. He had also taken 3-11 in the first innings. It proved to be his last Test match, but at least he went out with a bang.
2006-2007 – Took 94 wickets from 61 matches in all competitions during two seasons as Yorkshire’s overseas player. He also scored an unbeaten 123 in a County Championship win over Surrey at the Oval to start his second season at Headingley.
2008 – Finished his first-class career as Glamorgan’s overseas player, ending with a career haul of 613 wickets and 3,742 runs from 189 matches for South Australia, Australia, Yorkshire and the Welsh side. Called time on his playing days in the Indian Cricket League t20 competition late in the year.
2010 – Appointed the coach of Zimbabweans MidWest Rhinos in July.
2011 – A big year for Gillespie saw him handed three new coaching roles. He was appointed as the bowling coach for the Indian Premier League franchise Kings XI Punjab, where he worked with Yorkshire’s t20 overseas star David Miller, in April before working with the Australian A side as an assistant coach during their tour of Zimbabwe in June and then accepting a coaching offer from Yorkshire in November.
2012 – His return to Headingley, on a two-year contract, started with a bang thanks to a successful first summer in charge.
2013 – Continued to forge a reputation as one of county cricket’s finest head coaches. In fact, more than once Gillespie had to bat away suggestions that he would leave Yorkshire for an international job whether it be Australia or England. He is fully committed to winning trophies with the White Rose county.
NameJason N Gillespie
BornApril 19, 1975, Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales