Gillespie mocks ‘dad’s army’ Australians


Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie has been living in Yorkshire for so long that he's seemingly started backing England, and says the Aussies will be fielding a 'dad's army' in the Ashes.

Gillespie feels that the advanced ages of many key players in the Australia side, and the potential for injury to the likes of Michael Clarke and Ryan Harris, could be favourable for England on home soil.

Gillespie, the Yorkshire coach, told the Mirror: "England should look at Australia and go: 'Hang on a minute they've got a 37-year-old keeper [Brad Haddin].

"'They've got a 37-year-old opening batter [Chris Rogers], their captain [Michael Clarke] has got a glass back and they've got a fast bowler – Ryan Harris – who’s 35 years of age and who’s got a dodgy knee'.

"They're Dad’s Army. I'd be thinking, 'let’s keep them out in the field. Let’s get them tired, they're old blokes. We can put these guys under pressure'.

"Australia deserve to start favourites. If they play to their potential they're going to be very hard to beat.

"But if England have a positive attitude, they have a chance. And home advantage will be very important."