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|Full name||Adam Craig Gilchrist|
|Born||14 November 1971 (1971-11-14) (age 36)|
|Bellingen, New South Wales, Australia|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm off break|
|Test debut (cap 381)||5 November 1999: v Pakistan|
|Last Test||16 January 2008: v India|
|ODI debut (cap 129)||25 October 1996: v South Africa|
|Last ODI||14 November 2007: v New Zealand|
|ODI shirt no.||18|
|Domestic team information|
|19931994||New South Wales|
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|10 wickets in match||||n/a||||n/a|
Adam Craig Gilchrist (born 14 November 1971), nicknamed Gilly or Church, is an Australian cricketer. He made his first-class debut in 1992, his first One-Day International appearance in 1996 and his Test debut in 1999. He has been Australia's vice-captain in both forms of the game since 2000, captaining the team when regular captains Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting were unavailable.
Gilchrist is an aggressive left-handed batsman and record-breaking wicket-keeper, who re-defined the role for the Australian national team. He is considered to be one of the best wicket-keeper-batsmen in the history of the game. His strike rate is amongst the highest in the history of both One-day and Test cricket and he currently holds the record for the second fastest century in Test match cricket. Gilchrist is renowned for walking when he considers himself to be out, sometimes inadvertently contrary to the decision of the umpire. He is also noted for having been reprimanded for outbursts on the pitch a number of times during his playing career, including being fined significant portions of his match fee.
During his career, he has played for Australia in 96 Test matches and over 250 One-day internationals. He holds the unique record of scoring at least 50 runs in successive World Cup finals (in 1999, 2003 and 2007). He announced his retirement from cricket on January 26, 2008 (effective in early March 2008), during the 4-Test series against India at Adelaide, one day after he broke the world record for the most dismissals by a wicket keeper.[
Early and personal life
Adam Gilchrist was born in 1971 at Bellingen Hospital, in Bellingen, New South Wales. He and his family lived in Dorrigo where, playing for his school, Dorrigo Public School, he won the Brian Taber Shield (named after New South Wales cricketer Brian Taber). At the age of 13, his parents, Stan and June, moved the family to Lismore where Gilchrist captained his school team. In 1989 Gilchrist was offered a scholarship by London-based Richmond Cricket Club, a scheme he now supports himself.
He is married to his high school sweetheart Melinda (Mel) Gilchrist (ne Sharpe), a dietitian, and they have two sons, Harrison and Archie, and a daughter, Annie. Gilchrist's personal life became newsworthy early in 2007, as his youngest child was due to be born around the scheduled start of the 2007 Cricket World Cup, and this threatened Gilchrist's presence in the early stages of the tournament in March. Archie's early arrival (in February) meant that Gilchrist was able to declare himself available for the whole competition.
Outside cricket, Gilchrist is an ambassador for the charity World Vision in India, a country in which he is popular due to his cricketing achievements. He was approached in early 2005 by the US baseball franchise, the Boston Red Sox, with a view to him playing for them when his cricket career ends. However, he was selected for the 2007 Cricket World Cup and remains an active cricketer.
Gilchrist was selected for his first-class debut for New South Wales during the 19921993 season, although he played purely as a batsman, due to the presence of incumbent wicketkeeper Phil Emery. In his first season, the side won the Sheffield Shield, Gilchrist scoring an unbeaten 20 in the second innings to secure an easy win over Queensland in the Final. He struggled to keep his place in the side, playing only three First-class matches in the following season.
In 1994 Gilchrist joined the Western Warriors in Western Australia, where he controversially replaced former Test player Tim Zoehrer as wicket-keeper. He made 55 dismissals in his first season, the most by any wicketkeeper in Australian domestic cricket in 199495. His second season based in Perth saw him top of the dismissals again, with 58 catches and four stumpings, but, significantly, an impressive batting average of 50.52. The Warriors made it to the final of the Sheffield Shield, at the Adelaide Oval, where Gilchrist made a massive 189 not out in the first innings, but, with the match ending in a draw, South Australia took the title, having scored more points in the qualifying matches. The 199697 season saw him top of the dismissals leaderboard once again, with 62, along with a batting average of just under 40, and team success in the Mercantile Mutual Cup, where the Warriors won by eight wickets against Queensland in the March 1997 final.
The 199798 season ended with Gilchrist top of the dismissals chart for the third season in a row with an improved batting average of 47.66, success in the Sheffield Shield once again, this time against Tasmania, but disappointment for the team in the Mercantile Mutual Cup, losing out in the semi-final to Queensland. The following season saw Gilchrist's domestic appearances begin to diminish due to his international commitments: he made only a single appearance in the Mercantile Mutual Cup, but still managed to help Western Australia regain the Sheffield Shield.
Gilchrist's regular selection for Australia has meant that he is rarely available for domestic selection. Between 1999 and 2005, he made only seven appearances for his state. He did not play in the 20056 Pura Cup and only appeared three times in the limited-overs ING Cup.
Gilchrist was called up for the Australian One Day International (ODI) team in 1996, his debut coming against South Africa at Faridabad, 25 October 1996 as the 129th Australian ODI cap. While not particularly impressive with the bat on his debut, scoring 18 before being bowled by Allan Donald, Gilchrist took his first catch as an international wicketkeeper, Hansie Cronje departing for a golden duck from the bowling of Paul Reiffel. Gilchrist replaced Ian Healy for the first two ODIs in the 1997 Australian tour of South Africa, after Healy was suspended for dissent. When Healy returned Gilchrist maintained his position in the team as a specialist batsman after Mark Waugh sustained a hand injury. It was during this One-day series that Gilchrist made his first ODI half-century, with an innings of 77 in Durban. Gilchrist went on to play in the Texaco Trophy later in 1997 in the 30 series loss against England.
At the start of the 199798 Australian season, Healy and captain Mark Taylor were omitted from the ODI squad as the Australian selectors opted for Gilchrist and Michael di Venuto. Gilchrist's elevation was made possible by a change in policy by selectors, who announced that selection for ODI and Test teams would be separate, with Test and ODI specialists selected accordingly, while Healy remained the preferred Test wicket-keeper. The new team was initially unconvincing, losing all four of its round robin matches against South Africa in the 199798 Carlton & United Series, with multiple players filling Taylor's role as Mark Waugh's opening partner without success. Gilchrist also struggled batting in the lower order at number seven, the conventional wicket-keeper's batting position. In the first final against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground Gilchrist was selected as Waugh's opening partner. In a particularly poor start to the new combination, Waugh was run out after a mix-up with Gilchrist. However, in the second final, Gilchrist struck a century, his first in an ODI, to spearhead Australia's successful run chase at the Sydney Cricket Ground, securing his position as an opening batsman.
Touring New Zealand in February 1998, Gilchrist achieved the highest average of all Australian batsmen with 50.00, and, significantly, effected his first ODI stumping, the wicket of Nathan Astle in the Second ODI in Wellington. He went on to play in the Coca Cola Cup in Sharjah in April 1998, a triangular tournament between Australia, India and New Zealand. Australia finished runners-up in the tournament, with Gilchrist taking nine dismissals as wicketkeeper and averaging over 37 with the bat. A productive individual performance in the One-day Carlton & United Series in January and February 1999 against Sri Lanka and England resulted in Gilchrist finishing with a batting average of 43.75 with two centuries and a fifty, a highest score of 154, and a total of 27 dismissals in 12 matches. The 1999 tour of the West Indies continued to prove Gilchrist's ability as a wicketkeeper-batsman, with a batting average of just under 30 at a strike rate of nearly 90.00, and seven fielding dismissals in a seven-match series which ended 33 with one tie.
Gilchrist played in every match of Australia's successful World Cup campaign, his quick-fire 63 runs in 39 balls against Bangladesh easing the Australians into the Super Six stage of the tournament. His half-century in the final helped secure Australia's first world title since 1987 with an eight wicket victory over Pakistan. Success in the World Cup was followed by a defeat by Sri Lanka in the final of the Aiwa Cup in August 1999, despite Gilchrist being the most successful batsman and wicket-keeper of the tournament, and a whitewash of Zimbabwe in October of that year.
Gilchrist made his Test match debut against Pakistan at the Gabba in Brisbane in November 1999 and became the 381st Australian Test cricketer. He replaced Healy for the start of the series, despite Healy's entreaties to the selectors to allow him a farewell game in front of his home crowd. Gilchrist's icy reception at the Gabba did not faze him; he took five catches, stumped Azhar Mahmood off Shane Warne's bowling and scored a rapid 81, in a match which Australia won comfortably. In his second Test match he made an unbeaten 149 to help guide Australia to victory in a game which looked well beyond their reach. Australia were struggling on 126 for 5 with a target of 369 to win as he joined his Western Australian team-mate, Justin Langer, but the pair put on a record-breaking partnership to enable Australia to win the Test. Gilchrist was also successful in the One-day tournament, the Carlton & United Series, with Australia beating Pakistan 20 in a best-of-three final.
In the Third Test against New Zealand in 2000, Gilchrist recorded the third best Test performance ever by a wicketkeeper, taking ten catches in the match. Later that year, he was handed the vice-captaincy of the Australian Test team in place of Shane Warne, who had been plagued by a number of off-the-field controversies.
A Test series whitewash over New Zealand was followed by a West Indian touring party and Gilchrist captaining his Test team for the first time in place of the injured Steve Waugh in the Third Test in Adelaide. Despite a mediocre personal performance during the match, some excellent bowling by Colin Miller resulted in a hard-fought five-wicket victory for Australia. Gilchrist described the match as "the proudest moment of my career".
Waugh regained the captaincy on his return to the team for the Fourth and Fifth Tests, with the series finishing as a 5-0 whitewash. This was followed by a less-than-successful Australian tour of India where, despite a man-of-the-match performance in the First Test in Mumbai (scoring 122 runs and taking six catches in a ten wicket victory), Gilchrist's form dipped momentarily, with a rare king pair (two golden ducks in the same match) in the Second Test in Kolkata and just two runs in his two innings in Chennai. He was out LBW four consecutive times in the last two Tests. His one-day form, however, was reasonable during the same period, averaging just over 40 in Australia's successful Carlton Series campaign at home against Zimbabwe and West Indies, and 43.00 in the ODI series in India. During this series he captained the ODI team for the first time, winning all three of the matches under his captaincy.
Gilchrist played a pivotal role in the 2001 Ashes series which Australia won 41, with a batting average of 68.00 and 26 dismissals in the five match series. During this series, he captained the team in the Fourth Test at Headingley after an injury to Steve Waugh. Gilchrist declared late on the fourth day leaving England with a target of 315, which, despite losing two early wickets, England reached with six wickets to spare, (Mark Butcher scoring an unbeaten 173, including 24 boundaries).
Two home series followed in the 200102 season, a fully drawn (00) three match series against New Zealand and a whitewash over South Africa 30. The Australians then toured South Africa the next month and it was during the First Test in Johannesburg that Gilchrist broke the record for the fastest double century in Tests, requiring 212 balls for the feat. This was eight balls quicker than Ian Botham's innings against India at The Oval in 1982. The record lasted only one month, however, with New Zealand's Nathan Astle taking 59 balls less to reach the milestone during an innings in March 2002. During the three-match Test series against South Africa, Gilchrist had an astonishing average of 157.66 at an equally impressive strike rate of just below 100.
Gilchrist captained the ODI team, once again for a single match, against Kenya in Nairobi during the PSO Tri-Nation Tournament. Despite Australia's unbeaten run in the competition, the final, against Pakistan was abandoned due to rain, so the teams shared the trophy.
From the time of his debut up to the 2003 World Cup, Gilchrist's entry to Test cricket included 11 series and appearance in 39 Tests. With the exception of a difficult tour of India in 200001, when he averaged 24.80 (he made 124 runs in the series; 122 of them came in one innings), his performances with the bat were such that he was described at the time as the "finest batsman-wicketkeeper to have graced the game". At one point in March 2002, Gilchrist's Test average was over 60; the second-highest for any established player in Test history, and he topped the ICC Test batting rankings in May 2002. Gilchrist went on to help the Australians retain The Ashes in 200203, playing in all five matches of the series, finishing with an average of over 55 and taking 25 dismissals as wicket-keeper.
Gilchrist played in all but one of the matches in Australia's successful defence of their World Cup title, and finished the tournament with a batting average of 40.80 at a strike rate of 105. He scored four half-centuries, including one in the final and was run out against Sri Lanka in the Super Six stage just a single run short of a century. He was also the competition's most successful wicketkeeper taking 21 dismissals. Success in the World Cup was followed up by a tour of the West Indies where Gilchrist was part of a side that won both the ODI and Test series. The Australians also defeated a touring Bangladeshi cricket team in short series in both forms of the game.
Gilchrist's Test form dipped again in early 2004, with an aggregate of 28 in six innings against India and Sri Lanka. However, he maintained high standards in the One-day game, including 111 against India in Bangalore, 172 against Zimbabwe and two further half-centuries in the VB Series in Australia. His success in One-day cricket was underlined by his rise to the top of the ICC ODI batting rankings in February 2004. A Test century against India in October 2004 proved to be a false renaissance; only 114 runs in seven Test innings and 139 runs in eight ODI innings towards the end of the 200405 season formed the lowest average period of Gilchrist's career until 2007. He took captaincy of the Test team once again, in place of the injured Ricky Ponting, and led the Australian side to an historic 21 series victory on their 2004 tour of India, a feat last achieved in 1969.
In early 2005, he hit three successive Test centuries against Pakistan and New Zealand, but later in 2005, he suffered from a prolonged slump in form, particularly in Test cricket, leading for calls for him to be dropped down the order from opening batsman to as low as number seven. A mediocre 2005 Ashes series, averaging 22.62, was punctuated with an excellent 121 not out in the final game of the one-day NatWest Series, Gilchrist being awarded the man-of-the-match award. His one-day form also began to suffer, scoring only 11 runs in three ODIs in New Zealand and 13 in the first two matches of the VB Series. He was rested for two games and returned to form against Sri Lanka on 29 January 2006 on his home ground, the WACA, hitting 116 runs off 105 balls to lead Australia to victory. He continued in this vein with the fastest ever century by an Australian in just 67 balls against Sri Lanka at the Gabba.
On 16 December 2006, during the Third Ashes Test at the WACA, Gilchrist scored a century in 57 balls, including twelve 4s and four 6s, the second fastest recorded Test century. At 97 runs from 54 balls, Gilchrist needed three runs from the next delivery to better Viv Richards' record set in 1986. The ball delivered by Matthew Hoggard was wide and Gilchrist was unable to score from it. He later claimed that the "batting pyrotechnics" had been the result of a miscommunication with the Australian captain Ricky Ponting; Gilchrist had actually been told not to score quick runs with a view to declaring the innings.
He carried this good form into the 2006-07 Ashes series with a century and two fifties, averaging over 45 at a strike rate of over 100 as Australia easily regained The Ashes. However, both he and Australia suffered a surprising string of poor results in the 2006-07 Commonwealth Bank Series, Gilchrist managing an average of only 22.20 during the tournament. England won with two finals victories over the Australians. He was then rested fo
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