Cricket: Gillespie still ‘striving for perfection’ as Root is rested by England

Yorkshire head coach Jason Gillespie.
Yorkshire head coach Jason Gillespie.
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JASON GILLESPIE admits champions-elect Yorkshire are still striving to find the perfect performance.

The Yorkshire first team coach conceded his side have yet to hit top gear in this year’s County Championship. Yorkshire were denied a seventh successive Championship win yesterday when their game against Sussex at Hove ended as a draw.

Rain washed out the final day after Yorkshire scored 494 in their first innings, Sussex replying with 493-7.

It was not Yorkshire’s best display of the season, but the pitch was flat and Sussex fought hard in their battle to avoid the drop. The stalemate stretched Yorkshire’s unbeaten record this summer to 12 games and edged them ever closer to the trophy.

Yorkshire have four games left against Somerset (H), Middlesex (A), Hampshire (A) and Sussex (H), and could clinch the title in the second of those fixtures at Lord’s.

Gillespie’s team are 30 points clear of Middlesex with a game in hand, but the Australian admitted Yorkshire have yet to hit the heights to which they aspire: “We talk about it – the perfect game. It’s rare to have a perfect game, but there’s nothing wrong with aspiring to it. We haven’t yet had it this season, so we need to keep striving.”

Joe Root, meanwhile, has been rested by England for next Monday’s one-off NatWest Twenty20 international and for the five ODI’s which follow.

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