Cricket: Simon's Backing Gillespie; 'Dizzy' Can Reach the Heights in Wales, Says Former Pace Ace

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Cricket: Simon's Backing Gillespie; 'Dizzy' Can Reach the Heights in Wales, Says Former Pace Ace


Byline: Gareth GRIFFITHS

ENGLAND fast bowler Simon Jones has backed the Glamorgan signing of former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie.

There is still confusion about exactly when Gillespie will arrive in Wales, with Glamorgan bosses hoping he is available from the beginning of the season.

But reports from Australia this week have suggest he might be delayed again with the possibility of him signing up for the Indian Cricket League just a week after pulling out of the rival Indian Premier League.

But Jones, who left the Welsh county for Worcestershire at the end of last season, believes his former Ashes rival will act as a catalyst for the Dragons bowling attack whenever he plays.

"I think Jason Gillespie will be a good signing for them," said Jones.

"He works hard and it will be great for the other bowlers in the side to work around him.

"I understand there is a possibility he might be arriving a little later than the start of the season, but he is going to be there at some point and it will be great for the youngsters like James Harris."

Jones believes his former county could stage a revival this summer following the introduction of new cricket manager Matthew Maynard, but insists he has no regrets about his decision to move across the border.

"Glamorgan have recruited well and should do well," said Jones.

"Matt Maynard was a great player himself and he has great contacts throughout the world. …

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