Thursday, March 6, 2008

Gillespie defends team mates

Recently-retired fast bowler Jason Gillespie believes Australia's loss in the Commonwealth Bank Series finals is not the "end of the world" for the side.

India defeated the hosts in the opening two games of the best-of-three finals to win the tournament.

Since that loss, the Australia team - under captain Ricky Ponting and coach Tim Nielsen - have been accused of failing to maintain their dominant position in world cricket following the retirements of Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.

Yet Gillespie, who is in India to represent the Ahmedabad Rockets in the Indian Cricket League, insists Australia attach more importance to Test cricket and not the one-day format.

The Australian told the Telegraph: "It is not the end of the world for us. In any case, rightly or wrongly, we tend to put more emphasis on Test cricket and we did win that series against India."

The 32-year-old former South Australia star also had a word of advice for India's rising star Ishant Sharma, who exploited conditions to the fullest in Australia and emerged at the spearhead of the Indian pace attack.

He said: "I hope too many people are not trying to offer him confusing advice. He should be allowed to grow as a fast bowler but he has definitely got to build strength.

"That way, a heavy workload will not be an issue."

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