Australia tour of Bangladesh, 2005-06 April 5, 2006

Gillespie recalled to Australian side

Cricinfo staff



Jason Gillespie: back in the frame since the Ashes © Getty Images

Jason Gillespie has been recalled to the Australian squad for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh. Gillespie, 30, was dropped from the side during last summer's Ashes in England, but has been added along with Phil Jaques and Mitchell Johnson, who could make his Test debut. The trio will replace Shaun Tait, Michael Kasprowicz and Justin Langer who picked up injuries in Australia's 3-0 Test series win in South Africa.

Trevor Hohns, who announced his resignation as chief selector yesterday, announced the squad today. "The players coming into the squad deserve their opportunity to tour," he told AAP. "Our advice was that the players would be definitely unavailable for the first Test and maybe the second, too."

Jaques has made a solitary Test appearance, against South Africa last Boxing Day. Johnson, 24, has played two one-day internationals and is in line for his Test debut.

"Given that it is only a two-Test series, we thought it would be in the best interests of the players concerned to give them a full recovery," Hohns said."We also felt it was important to have a squad in Bangladesh who were all available for the first Test."

The two-Test series starts in Fatullah on Sunday.

Gillespie admitted he was surprised to be chosen, but still believes he will not feature in either Test. "I thought I was no hope," he said, an attitude which contrasts with Jaques, who announced: "I'm going over there expecting to play."