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Gillespie wants good work-out

30/07/2005 05:59:26 AM Comments (0)

Fast bowler Jason Gillespie is hopeful of a decent work-out against Worcestershire on Saturday, having had little influence in Australia's win over England in the first Ashes cricket Test.

The impact Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne had at Lord's meant Gillespie bowled just 14 overs in two innings.

He is banking on the recent bad weather to hold off over the next three days so he can get some more practice before the second Test, at Edgbaston starting Thursday.

"I don't feel undercooked by any stretch but it would be nice to get some bowling done," Gillespie said.

"I don't know how the weather's going to hold up here - the forecast isn't great - but it would be nice to get out there and just spend the day in the field and bowl some overs."

The Australians have had a relaxed build-up to this tour match, as rain washed out Thursday's training session, while the focus of Friday's session was sharpening their fielding skills.

Gillespie's South Australian teammate Shaun Tait will play his first match of the tour, along with batsman Brad Hodge, while reserve wicketkeeper Brad Haddin will play just his second in eight weeks on tour, as Adam Gilchrist is on a break with his family in France.

Australia: Ricky Ponting (capt), Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Simon Katich, Brad Hodge, Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Jason Gillespie, Michael Kasprowicz, Shaun Tait, Stuart MacGill.

Worcestershire (from): Vikram Solanki (capt), Stephen Moore, Stephen Peters, Graeme Hick, Ben Smith, Zander de Bruyn, Gareth Batty, Kabir Ali, James Pipe, Matt Mason, Nadeem Malik, Ray Price.

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