The first acknowledged international cricketer from Aboriginal descent, the fast bowler has all the fighting qualities needed for the attack warhorse.
An injury-plagued first half of his Australian career has blossomed into one which will be fondly remembered by cricket purists in years to come.
His best Test figures came againsr England at Headingley when he took 7-37 in 1997.
He went on to make an impressive number of appearances despite a number of injury problems, including a broken leg suffered in a collision with team-mate Steve Waugh on the field in Sri Lanka in 1999.
Gillespie was part of the Australia squad which lost the Ashes in 2005, when he managed only three wickets in three games before being dropped.
He fought his way back into the Test team and became the first nightwatchman in history to make a double century when he hit 201 not out against Bangladesh in Chittagong.
He joined Yorkshire as one of their overseas players for 2006, having taken 251 wickets in 69 Tests and 142 in one-day internationals.
He continued his stint at Yorkshire in 2007, but moved to Glamorgan for the start of the 2008 season when only one overseas player was allowed per county.
He took 13 wickets in the 2008 NatWest Pro40 campaign as Glamorgan narrowly missed out on promotion to division one in the play-off.