Gillespie wants to make up for lost time

Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2001, 22:32 [IST]
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Adelaide: Injury-jinxed paceman Jason Gillespie wants to make up for lost time by playing in all six Test matches of the Australian cricket summer.
 Gillespie said he understands the magnitude of the task he has set himself but treasures each chance to represent his country after battling injury setbacks throughout his international cricket career. "I want to play all the Tests this season," Gillespie said on Wednesday. That's going to be a big challenge to do that. Hopefully I can stay fit and my form can be good enough to get selected. "With my past, I've missed a lot of cricket and I'm trying to make up for lost time, so to speak. I don't want to have any bad games, I want to be very consistent." Gillespie returned from Australia's victorious Ashes tour of England saying he was disappointed his form was not more consistent. But his Test figures of 19 wickets at 34.32 reflected the fact the 26-year-old South Australian was unlucky on the Ashes tour, often bowling brilliantly for little reward. "I just want to play a big part in victories, obviously with the ball, but if I can contribute with the bat and in the field, that's what I want to do," Gillespie said. In his first outing since returning from England, Gillespie took two for 14 from eight overs for South Australia in a One-day trial match won by Tasmania in Adelaide last week. On Friday, he will lead South Australia's attack in a day-night Cup match against Western Australia in Perth.

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