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Sign, sealed, delivered, I'm back! Published: 20 May 2013

Sign, sealed, delivered, I'm back!

There was a special moment in the Pavilion Long Room after England's victory over New Zealand when bowler Mark Gillespie was reunited with the tour book he signed at the Home of Cricket fifteen years ago.

The 33-year-old, who was twelfth man for the Test match, had signed the Lord's Tour book in 1998 as an 18-year-old after a visit to the ground with his eldest brother Bryan and left the message: "I'll be back (playing)."

"I don't remember a great deal about it (the tour) to be honest," he told Lord's TV.

"The funny thing is I only really remember writing that!"

Tourist to Black Cap

He added: "I was pretty confident that I'd play for New Zealand."

Ten years later Gillespie was back and opened the bowling for the Kiwis in a 51-run victory over England during the fifth ODI of the NatWest series.

Gillespie took 2/29 dismissing Ian Bell and James Anderson that day at the Home of Cricket.

"I bowled pretty well that day, a lot of guys get sort of overawed by being at Lord's but for me it's just another cricket ground.

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The tour book with Gillespie's comment 

"But having the time, being here for this Test, everything sorted of flooded back.

"All the things you overlook when you're out there playing, the murmur and buzz, it's a lot different to every other ground you play at in the world."


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