Cricket: England Bully Gillespie out of the Attack
Byline: Martin ROGERS EXCLUSIVE
JASON GILLESPIE is set to become the first casualty of Australia's Ashes tour after England's batsmen bullied the pace ace into submission.
Gillespie is poised to be axed for the summer's final two one-day international games to prevent more punishment ahead of the Ashes, the victim of hard-nosed England's decision to turn the tables on their rivals.
Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting will hold an emergency meeting with the 30-year-old in the wake of his humiliation at the hands of Marcus Trescothick and Michael Vaughan at Headingley on Thursday.
And putting the visitors into a panic over one of their dangermen is the ultimate vindication of England's policy of targeting Gillespie.
For years Australia have picked on a key member of the opposition - and the tactic has often paid off.
Fast bowler Glenn McGrath in particular has had success with the ploy, dominating the likes of Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar.
Now however, England are hungrily seeking out the chinks in rivals' armour.
In the one-day games the priority for England has been to see off front-line bowlers McGrath and Brett Lee, then get stuck into Gillespie and Shane Watson.
The result has been ugly figures and a collapse in confidence for Gillespie, one of the world's most feared bowlers at his best. …