Jason Gillespie

Gillespie proud of effort

“It was a very difficult game to force a result but our attitudes and efforts from our boys were outstanding.

“Our efforts in the field was as good as any international team either full member or associate member. It was fantastic,” said Gillespie. 

The draw for the two sides has allowed Scotland to push past the Barras on 46 points.

The Barras have slipped down two spots and are now in sixth position, on 43 points. 

The current Intercontinental Cup Standings:

​Gillespie pleased with Barras ahead of Scotland fixtures

The Barras returned to the country after the month-long tour where they played a total of twelve matches – four wins, one draw and seven losses.  

“I was incredibly pleased with the tour. The tour challenged the players with the quality of opposition and the different situations we found ourselves in.

“Our goal for the tour was adaptability, think for yourself (be proactive), learn from everything and progression, not perfection.

Gillespie pleased with Barras

The Barras fell short by 32 runs in their opening match to Eastern Edge last Saturday, but bounced back the next day to edge out Western Grit by three wickets.

“Bowling was decent. The lads had plans that they implemented well and the fielding was quite good although we identified that our boundary fielding could have had more urgency.

“All tour we have spoken about big partnerships and someone getting a big score. Mahuru Dai was brilliant and was well supported,” said Gillespie.  

Barras coach: We are learning

From the six matches played so far on the Queensland and Northern Territory tour, the Barras have yet to register a win with five losses and one draw.

“There were some positives, yes. We spoke about improving our discipline with the ball and our energy and effort in the field. It was very pleasing to see development in those areas,” said Gillespie.

“It can be tough when you are not winning. As we have spoken about, we need to make sure we are learning from everything we do in every match, every situation, every training session and every review of the performances.

Gillespie happy with Barras’ performance

The Barras are currently in Australia on the Queensland and Northern Territory tour.

They played the Australian Indigenous side on Monday this week, falling by 84 runs and again yesterday, but this time forcing a draw.

“It was a great match that ended in a tie with an improved performance in most areas by the Barramundis.

“There were some good lessons that we can take into our next game. Our opposition showed us that with two set batsmen going into the last 15 overs of the innings can really push your innings forward.

Gillespie excited to work with Barramundis

Gillespie who played 71 Test Matches, taking 259 wickets and 97 One Day Internationals, taking 142 wickets for, has been arguably the most sort-after cricket coach of late.

CEO of Cricket PNG, Greg Campbell, confirmed last week Gillespie was initially appointed as a consultant on a 12-month term and will fill in as the interim Head Coach of the Barramundis following the departure of Dipak Patel.