Fast bowler 'no chance' of playing first Ashes Test August 15, 2006

Gillespie ranks himself seventh

Cricinfo staff



Comeback king: Jason Gillespie raises his bat after his 201 not out against Bangladesh © Getty Images

Jason Gillespie believes he has "no chance" of starting the first Ashes Test despite a double-century and Man-of-the-Series return in Bangladesh in April. Today signals the 100-day countdown to the series, but Gillespie said he has "not been getting a great vibe" and ranked himself as the country's seventh bowler in line.

"I know my one-day career is over," Gillespie said in The Courier-Mail. "I still feel as if my Test career has something to offer but I am down in the queue. Stuart Clark, Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee are ahead of me. You've got Kasper [Michael Kasprowicz] who has been injured, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson. I see myself as below those guys."

Gillespie said the selectors were "dying to introduce" new life into the attack and admitted his international future was not bright. "I'll be honest with you, I think I am no chance for the first Test," he said. "I got Man of the Match and the Series with eight wickets at 11 and a double-hundred and won't play the next Test ... it will be a good trivia question."

In 71 matches Gillespie moved into fifth place on Australia's wicket list with 259 at 26.13, but it seems he will be remembered more for his 201 not out as a nightwatchman against Bangladesh in his previous Test. "My only regret was I never got home for a week after it," he said. "The amount of text messages and calls I got were amazing. I have my gear I scored my 200 with. The shirt, gloves and shoes are locked away in the cupboard and I am going to take them home and keep them in a nice safe place. The bat will never be used again."

Gillespie, who is playing in the County Championship for Yorkshire, said England would be worried about their injured bowlers, but their batting and wicketkeeping was looking strong. "They have finally made the change and picked the best gloveman in the country [Chris Read] so they are moving in the right direction there," he said. "They are also playing a spinner who is actually trying to take wickets [Monty Panesar]. He is a spinner who gives it some flight and shape and is trying to take wickets. They are looking OK."