Full name Stuart Ross Gillespie
Born March 2, 1957, Wanganui
Current age 60 years 23 days
Major teams New Zealand, Auckland, Northern Districts, Northumberland
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Only Test||New Zealand v Australia at Wellington, Feb 21-25, 1986 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v New Zealand at Brisbane, Jan 11, 1986 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v New Zealand at Sydney, Jan 20, 1988 scorecard|
|First-class span||1979/80 - 1988/89|
|List A span||1979/80 - 1988/89|
Stu Gillespie was a journeyman medium-pace bowler and tailend batsman whose international call-up came relatively late in what had been an ordinary career. His first season in 1979-80 was his best - he took 45 wickets at 22.17 - but after four years with Northern Districts he moved to Auckland, primarily as a one-day specialist - with moderate success. If his call-up for the 1985-86 Benson & Hedges series in Australia was a surprise - he performed admirably taking 13 wickets at 20.38 - his selection for the first Test against Australia at Wellington later that summer was amazing as Gillespie had played only two first-class games in the previous two years, and done nothing remarkable in either. He took 1 for 79 without ever looking to have anything special and was discarded. He retained his one-day place for two more series but retired soon after losing his place.
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