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Full name Mark Raymond Gillespie
Born October 17, 1979, Wanganui
Current age 35 years 163 days
Major teams New Zealand, New Zealand A, New Zealand XI, Wellington
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||South Africa v New Zealand at Centurion, Nov 16-18, 2007 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v South Africa at Wellington, Mar 23-27, 2012 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Napier, Dec 28, 2006 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v West Indies at Napier, Jan 13, 2009 scorecard|
|T20I debut||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington, Dec 22, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jun 13, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Northern Districts v Wellington at Hamilton, Dec 18-20, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||2001/02|
|Last List A||Northern Districts v Wellington at Mount Maunganui, Jan 1, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Wellington v Northern Districts at Wellington, Jan 13, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Wellington v Canterbury at Wellington, Nov 9, 2012 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2/23, 0||Wellington||v Northern D||Mount Maunganui||1 Jan 2015||LA|
|1/69, 1||Wellington||v Otago||Queenstown||30 Dec 2014||LA|
|1/77, 22*||Wellington||v Auckland||Auckland||27 Dec 2014||LA|
|1/47, 9, 2/41, 0||Wellington||v Northern D||Hamilton||18 Dec 2014||FC|
|16, 4/47, 2*, 0/35||Wellington||v Auckland||Wellington||11 Dec 2014||FC|
|1/54, 29, 3/80, 3||Wellington||v Canterbury||Christchurch||25 Oct 2014||FC|
|1/31, 0||Wellington||v Scotland||Lincoln||20 Oct 2014||Other OD|
|3/46||Wellington||v Northern D||Mount Maunganui||5 Apr 2014||LA|
|1/53||Wellington||v Canterbury||Christchurch||2 Apr 2014||LA|
|2/42||Wellington||v Auckland||Auckland||30 Mar 2014||LA|
With a run-up reminiscent of Bob Willis or even Dennis Lillee - albeit without the pace of either - Gillespie shone in New Zealand domestic cricket as a specialist bowler at the death. In Wellington's 2005-06 season he took 43 wickets at 23.16. The promise he showed was nearly cut short in 2005 when he was struck below the eye, suffering multiple fractures and a smashed eye socket while batting against Canterbury.
He represented New Zealand A in the Top-End series in 2006 and was rewarded with a place in New Zealand's Champions Trophy squad in October 2006 but was not given a chance to play. When he did get his opportunity, in the home series against Sri Lanka, he showed signs that his domestic form could translate to the international arena and his 3 for 39 from ten overs in New Zealand's 189-run loss at Auckland was especially impressive.
He followed it up with a good, if at times inconsistent, tri-series in Australia, where he deceived some batsmen with his pace but leaked too many runs on a couple of occasions. A viral infection in his right shoulder restricted him to two wicketless outings at his first World Cup but his promising start was enough to earn him a national contract for 2007-08 and a place at the ICC World Twenty20 where he claimed six wickets and destroyed Kenya with 4 for 7.
Yet another injury to Shane Bond handed Gillespie his first crack at Test cricket, and he responded with 5 for 136 in the second Test against South Africa at Centurion, but it was career of fits and starts highlight by the fact that success against South Africa (again) in 2012 was followed by more injury.
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan