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    February 29, 2008

    Jason Gillespie retires to play in the ICL

    Jason Gillespie today announced his retirement from first-class cricket in Australia. He will be signing up for the Indian Cricket League.

    Gillespie was dropped from the Ashes-losing Australian side in 2005, but he made a mini-comeback when he was picked against Bangladesh. He then scored a double century against them at Chittagong, on his birthday, which is very likely to remain the highest score by a nightwatchman for a very long time!

    While he did pick up 8 cheap wickets in the series, he was never recalled to the side.

    Here's the stat question: Is Gillespie's 201 the second highest score made by a batsman in his last test? I know for a fact that Ponsford scored over 250 in his last test.

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    It was certainly a disappointment for Jason Gillespie as he could not manage to get a call even after such a performance. Anyway, it is natural that he will join ICL as he is getting older and needs money.

    Anyway, I could search some in the net to ensure if Jason Gillespie’s 201 was the second highest score played by a batsmen in his last test. So far, I could find out three batsmen who have bigger innings in their last test match than Gillespie’ 201 run innings.

    Australia’s WH Ponsford scored 266 runs in the first innings of his last test match against England. West Indies batsman Seymour Nurse scored 258 runs in the only innings of his last test match against New Zealand. Sri Lankan great Aravinda De Silva played an innings of 206 in the only innings of his last test match against Bangladesh.

    By Blogger Biplob Kishore Deb (01-Mar-2008, 12:48:00 am)  

    Thanks for the info, Biplob. Nurse and de Silva are the only others to end their careers with a double-century!

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