Jason Gillespie trolled for not including VVS Laxman’s 281 in his five best Test knocks list

Gillespie interestingly didn't name the best innings.

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Former Australia pacer Jason Gillespie found himself at the receiving end after listing top five innings he has witnessed in Test cricket. The 44-year-old, who had once opened the Aussie bowling attack with the likes of Glenn McGrath, came up with the list in the wake of Ben Stokes’ match-winning 135 not out at Leeds on Sunday.

Besides including England all-rounder’s knock, Gillespie also mentioned about knocks played by West Indies’ Brian Lara against Australia at Bridgetown in 1999; Mark Waugh against South Africa in Port Elizabeth in 1997 and Mark Butcher at Leeds in the Ashes of 2001.

Gillespie, who works as a coach now, however, did not mention the No.1 Test knock that he has witnessed and it was left for the fans to imagine. Jason Gillespie himself had hit an unbeaten double hundred in Tests in 2006 and it was against Bangladesh at No.3 position in Chattogram. Incidentally, the 201 not out was Gillespie’s final international innings.

Gillespie himself was a part of the 2001 Test

Jason Gillespie’s list of five top knocks in Tests didn’t satisfy several supporters – mostly Indians. The reason is that he didn’t include in the five the 281 that VVS Laxman had played against Australia at the Eden Gardens in March 2001. He himself was part of the same Australian side that lost the match by 171 runs despite asking Sourav Ganguly’s team to follow on.

Laxman’s epic knock, coupled with Rahul Dravid’s 180, had turned the tables around after the visitors took a massive first-innings lead. Gillespie had taken four wickets in that match and at one stage, he was seen running in with both his arms spread out in an apparent bid to distract Laxman who stood like a rock in the second essay.

Jason Gillespie though tried to convince people in some other tweets that he hadn’t forgotten the two knocks played by Laxman and Dravid in that epic Test and even conceded that they were difficult to bowl at and were far too good for the Australians.

Here’s how he was trolled:


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