JASON GILLESPIE is determined not to look too far ahead even though it is clear that winning a one-day trophy with Yorkshire would mean a great deal to him.
Gillespie, who earned legendary status as an Australian fast bowler, won Test series galore, played in a World Cup winning campaign in 2003 and even won the Sheffield Shield in his first season with state side South Australia in 1995/96.
Yet something missing from his CV as a player and coach is a domestic one-day trophy, which he narrowly missed out on in 2005/6 when SA lost to New South Wales in the ING Cup final by one-wicket.
While coaching in Zimbabwe, Mid West Rhinos also lost a one-day final in 2011.
Yorkshire are two wins away from a Lord’s final and three away from their first piece of silverware since 2002, something which would also fill a missing piece in Gillespie’s career jigsaw.
However, with not looking too far ahead being a major part of his coaching philosophy, Dizzy’s comments are understandable ahead of tomorrow’s Royal London one-day Cup quarter-final clash with Durham at Headingley (10.30am).
“I won a Sheffield Shield in my first full season as a player, I was a young 20-year-old,” he said. “That was a great time.
“Sadly, as a player, that was the only trophy I was able to be a part of at South Australia.
“We made a one-day final, but we just didn’t manage to get over the line.
“It would be absolutely fantastic to win it, of course it would. But to be perfectly honest, it hasn’t even crossed my mind.
“It’s purely about preparing as well as we can for the next game, which is this quarter-final. That’s the immediate challenge.
“If we get through that, we can focus on a semi-final and go from there.
“I said at the start of the season ‘we want to be in the mix for trophies in all forms of the game’.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being ambitious. But what you’ve got to be careful of is taking your eye off what’s immediately in front of you.
“That’s why I say to you ‘we haven’t been thinking about anything else but Durham’.
Yorkshire are favourites to advance to their first one-day semi-final since 2010 having won six of their eight group ‘A’ matches to Durham’s four in group ‘B’.
“Yes we get the home tie, but we know that Durham are a very good side. They have nothing to lose and will come at us pretty hard, which is fine,” said Gillespie.
“Durham are a side we won’t take lightly. We need to be at our best to challenge them.
“All we can do is control our game. We’ve been preparing well and have had good team chats.
“It’s just about going out and getting our skills right. If we play good, hard, smart cricket, hopefully results will look after themselves.
“It’s simply a case of when that time comes, we need to make sure our plans are solid.
“You can have all the great plans in the world, but unless you get your skills right, the rest is irrelevant.”