Jason Gillespie

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Steve Smith must go after scandal that has torched Australia’s reputation

This was pre-planned cheating in South Africa and we need to know who was involved if Australian cricket is to restore trustSteve Smith’s time as Australia’s captain is surely up. It is impossible to envisage a scenario where he stays in the job. This …

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Australia’s bowling riches can deliver an overdue Ashes win in England | Jason Gillespie

The pace trident of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, supported by spinner Nathan Lyon, is a rare gift for captain Steve SmithKeep the bowling attack fit and healthy over the next 18 months and there is no reason why Australia cannot brea…

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Mason Crane must be given the chance to get it wrong on Ashes debut | Jason Gillespie

The young leg-spinner needs to be allowed to strive to bowl his best ball as often as possible – just as Allan Border did with Shane WarneIf Mason Crane makes his England debut in Sydney this week then expectations should be tempered, while Joe Root, h…

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Alastair Cook and David Warner: two Test maestros playing to a different beat | Jason Gillespie

Cook’s 244no in Melbourne underlined his status as a great of the game, just as Warner’s versatility showed there is no one-size-fits-all route to successCricket is a sport of wonderful contrasts and during the Melbourne Test we saw the beauty of this …

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There are no Ashes dead-rubbers: Australia will be ruthless at the MCG | Jason Gillespie

Steve Smith’s side have taken back the urn from England but no one will dare ease off in front of 100,000 fans at the MCG on Boxing DayThere is no such thing as a dead-rubber Ashes Test match. You are representing your country and whether you are an Au…

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A tale of two captains: Smith sets the standard while Root lacks resources | Jason Gillespie

Joe Root’s lot has been a stark contrast to that of Steve Smith this series – his batsmen have not fired and his bowlers lack the pace for Australian wicketsThe Ashes are back in Australian hands after three Tests that have been a tale of two captains….

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Street-smart Pat Cummins can give the Waca a roaring Ashes farewell | Jason Gillespie

Fast bowler is a pleasure to watch having cleverly recalibrated after injury to resemble a 50-cap veteran as he prepares to pepper England in the third TestIt was during the second Ashes Test at the Waca in 1998 that I experienced one of the most impor…

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James Vince can look a million bucks with his drives but he’s an enigma | Jason Gillespie

England’s No3 is vulnerable through that slightly open bat face, while Alastair Cook’s Ashes game plan against the spinner Nathan Lyon isn’t clear, which is puzzling for a champion cricketer about to play his 150th Test in PerthJoe Root’s optimism afte…

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‘It’s cricket. We’re not trying to save the world’: Darren Lehmann in conversation with Jason Gillespie

As the Australia coach prepares for the second Ashes Test, he chats to our columnist about their love of cricket, time together on the pitch and his nine years at Yorkshire. And drinking champagne out of a helmet before batting …Jason Gillespie Mate, I…

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England must forget Ben Stokes and focus on Adelaide, Smith and Starc | Jason Gillespie

Stokes’ New Zealand trip is a sideshow – what matters for England in the Ashes is working out how to dismiss Steve Smith and how to counter Mitchell Starc’s pink-ball expertiseLet’s be honest, Joe Root and his players needed the Ben Stokes issue resurf…

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Bairstow storm in teacup shows Australia still know how to get under England skins | Jason Gillespie

There is of course a line you do not cross but if you can get a batsman’s mind not 100% focused on what is his primary job then it’s fair game for meJonny Bairstow is an engaging cricketer who I know well from my time at Yorkshire. It was simply his qu…

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Why Chris Woakes can be England’s danger man in the Ashes | Jason Gillespie

Australia’s pace attack are getting all the hype but Woakes has added a yard of pace to his prodigious swing bowling and can be a potent weapon for EnglandWelcome to the Gabbatoir, where for the past 29 years Australia have been unbeatable in Test cric…

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