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Adam Gilchrist      

Full name Adam Craig Gilchrist

Born November 14, 1971, Bellingen, New South Wales

Current age 42 years 310 days

Major teams Australia, Deccan Chargers, ICC World XI, Kings XI Punjab, Middlesex, New South Wales, Western Australia

Nickname Gilly, Churchy

Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Height 1.86 m

Adam Craig Gilchrist
Best Performances
    Gilchrist has yet to completely win over the Australian fans, after having replaced their favourite Ian Healy in the side. And in only his second Test, he walks in at 126 for 5, with 243 more required to win the match. The Pakistan attack - Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib - is charged up, but has little idea what is about to hit them. What follows is one of the great counterattacks. Gilchrist and Justin Langer combine for 238 in 59 overs, as Langer falls just before Australia reach the target. Gilchrist's unbeaten 149 take just 163 deliveries, and feature 13 fours and a six. Steve Waugh later says, "He looks like he is playing in his own backyard." It is the first of many times that Gilchrist would turn a game on its head.
    This is a special innings not only for the sadism Gilchrist treats South Africa with, but for the time it comes at. Gilchrist has been a victim of a vicious internet rumour, and he lets the emotional side of him come out when he cries after reaching one of many milestones in the innings. Still, he has toyed around with South Africa so brutally that Wisden describes the innings thus: "Gilchrist was playing with them like a cat keeping a half-dead mouse alive for entertainment."
    It is Gilchrist's first Test in India, and it is not the best of times to walk in when the pitch has started turning and bouncing on the first day, Harbhajan Singh has run amok, and all bar Matthew Hayden have failed to stand their ground in the hot cauldron. At 99 for 5, Australia are about to squander the advantage they have gained by bowling India out for 176, but Gilchrist has other ideas.
    The scorecard shows Stuart MacGill as the Man of the Match and Ricky Ponting as the dominant batsman with 207, but it is Gilchrist's 109-ball century that really wrests the match away from Pakistan.
    Shoaib Akhtar, Shaun Pollock, Andrew Flintoff, and Muttiah Muralitharan make up for a delicious bowling attack, and Gilchrist feasts on them like he is playing in the neighbourhood. Such is the innings that it makes the World Series so one-sided the experiment is not repeated.
    After having let Bangladesh score 427 in the Fatullah Test, Australia find themselves somewhere between embarrassment and humiliation at 93 for 6. There is only Gilchrist who stands between Bangladesh and the unthinkable: enforcing follow-on on Australia, and possibly a win in a Test match. Turns out, Gilchrist is too big a hurdle.
    England have put up their first fight on the Ashes tour, bowling Australia out for 244 on the first day, including a duck for Gilchrist. Just when England start to harbour thoughts of a comeback in the series, Gilchrist crushes them ruthlessly. Only Viv Richards has reached a century faster than the 57 balls it took Gilchrist on his home ground in the second innings. On a boiling Perth day he sizzled, taking to Monty Panesar (24 runs in an over that started with a dot) and Matthew Hoggard in a stunning burst, which included 12 fours and four sixes. He doesn't know he is close to the record, or he could have gone for it. No message comes from the dressing room, and Gilchrist is glad he didn't get there. "Viv deserves that mantle as the fastest hundred," he says later.
    Batting with a squash ball inside your glove can be a painful experience, but for Gilchrist in the World Cup final the squash ball slides into his bottom hand, and makes it less prominent. What results is perhaps the best performance on this grand a stage. Years after the match, it will not be remembered for the farcical finish because of poor governance by the ICC, but for Gilchrist's pure brilliance.
Tour Results
England v Australia at The Oval - Sep 8-12, 2005
Match drawn
Essex v Australians at Chelmsford - Sep 3-4, 2005
Match drawn
England v Australia at Nottingham - Aug 25-28, 2005
England won by 3 wickets
Northants v Australians at Northampton - Aug 20-21, 2005
Match drawn
Scotland v Australians at Edinburgh - Aug 18, 2005
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
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