One man, among many more of course, who had predicted that the Aussies would be the eventual winners was former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie.
Gillespie was a guest on Times of India’s sports podcast Sportscast before the Ashes began and while talking about the Ashes rivalry between Australia and England also spoke about a few English batsmen he thought were very good players from his playing days.
(File image of former Australia pacer Jason Gillespie – Twitter Photo)
One man he remembers very well for what he could do with the bat is Kevin Pietersen. KP played as many as 104 Tests, 136 ODIs and 37 T20Is for England, scoring over 13,000 runs, with 23 Test and 9 ODI centuries, and was widely recognised as one of the most talented batsmen of his generation, capable of dominating bowling attacks the world over.
Pietersen made his Test debut in 2005 and Gillespie played his last Test in 2006.
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Gillespie talked about how he is glad in a way that he didn’t have to bowl more to KP.
” I didnt bowl enough against Kevin Pietersen. I was probably past my best in 2005, when Kevin Pietersen first came on the scene for England, so I didn’t get to bowl much to him, but I reckon had I bowled more to him, I reckon he would have had more success against me than I had against him. He was a fine, fine batman and I am probably glad I didn’t have to bowl more to him. .” Gillespie said on TOI Sportscast.
(Photo Source: Kevin Pietersen Twitter)
When asked which English batsmen he enjoyed bowling against the most in Ashes Tests and those who he found to be challenging opponents, Gillespie, who took over 400 international wickets in an almost 10 year international career said – ” I had a bit of success against Marcus Trescothick. Fine Somerset left hand opening batter. I managed to get him out a few times, which was great, but I also felt that he put the onus back on the bowler to be really disciplined. He put you back under pressure because. I always felt with Marcus, if I didn’t get my line and my length right, he could really punish me and he did on a number of occasions, no doubt about that. I always felt that was a challenge…..Michael Vaughan was a really good player, I actually found him tough work. I managed to get his wicket on occasions but he scored a lot of runs against us, certainly when I played ”
You can listen to the full episode of Sportscast with Jason Gillespie HERE.