Gillespie is not looking too far ahead

Jason Gillespie

Jason Gillespie

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JASON GILLESPIE is determined not to look too far ahead even though it is clear that winning a oneday trophy with Yorkshire would mean a great deal to him.

Gillespie, who earned legendary status as an Australian fast bowler, won Test series galore, played in a World Cup winning campaign in 2003 and even won the Sheffield Shield in his first season with state side South Australia in 1995-96.

Yet something missing from his CV as a player and coach is a domestic one-day trophy, which he narrowly missed out on in 2005-6 when SA lost to New South Wales in the ING Cup final by one-wicket.

Whilst coaching in Zimbabwe, Mid West Rhinos also lost a one-day final in 2011.

Yorkshire are two wins away from a Lord’s final and three away from their first piece of silverware since 2002, something which would also fill a missing piece in Gillespie’s career jigsaw.

However, with not looking too far ahead being a major part of his coaching philosophy, Dizzy’s comments are understandable ahead of tomorrow’s Royal London one-day Cup quarter-final clash with Durham at Headingley (10.30am).

“I won a Sheffield Shield in my first full season as a player, I was a young 20-year-old,” he said.

“That was a great time.

“Sadly, as a player, that was the only trophy I was able to be a part of at South Australia.

“We made a one-day final, but we just didn’t manage to get over the line.

“It would be absolutely fantastic to win it, of course it would. But to be perfectly honest, it hasn’t even crossed my mind.

“It’s purely about preparing as well as we can for the next game, which is this quarter-final. That’s the immediate challenge.

If we get through that, we can focus on a semi-final and go from there.

“That’s why I say to you ‘we haven’t been thinking about anything else but Durham’.”

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