Mark Waugh believes Adam Gilchrist must take more time with his batting as Australia search for their third World Cup in a row. Waugh, who opened with Gilchrist during the 1999 success, said if he scaled back his game slightly he could still be a force.
"He is that good a player, he can score runs without trying to overhit the ball," Waugh, who was named with Gilchrist in Australia's all-time one-day team, said in the Herald Sun. "I think he has been too impatient. He has got to get through that first five or six overs. If he does that, he is one guy who can score heavily without even trying to."
Gilchrist stayed at home during the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy after not posting a half-century in eight innings following his 60 and 61 to start the CB Series. The birth of Gilchrist's third child will keep him in Australia while his team-mates depart for the Caribbean today, but he will be available for the first game against Scotland on March 14.
Matthew Hayden and Gilchrist will be the first-choice pairing, but Hayden is also pushing to be ready for the opening match due to a foot injury. Hayden has worked with a podiatrist to design a big-toe cap that he hopes will stop further pain after being struck by a Mark Gillespie yorker in New Zealand.
"My best-case scenario is to be back for the warm-up games and my worst-case scenario is to be back just for the first game," he said on Channel 7. "When I return the main problem will be the pain. It will take a while for the swelling to go down."
Waugh said it would be important for both Hayden and Gilchrist not to feel like they have to push the pace in the Caribbean. "Both of those guys at the top have got so many good shots in their armoury," he said, "they just need to be patient and the runs will come."