Watch- Adam Gilchrist takes a massive jibe at England Cricket Team leaving Michael Vaughan red-faced

Updated - 16 Apr 2024, 01:10 PM

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Former Australia wicketkeeper batter Adam Gilchrist expressed gratitude towards England for the opportunities it provided him throughout his cricketing career. Adam Gilchrist also acknowledged the value of the experience he gained in England as a young player.

Adam Gilchrist played 96 Tests and 287 ODIs, as well as 13 T20Is, for the Australian team in his illustrious 12-year international career. Notably, the left-handed batter remarkably played 96 consecutive Test matches without missing a single game due to injury.

He amassed over 5000 runs and claimed more than 400 dismissals in Test matches. He scored nearly 10,000 runs and made over 450 dismissals in the 50-over format. With 17 centuries in Tests and 16 in ODIs, he emerged as one of Australia’s most reliable players.

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Went There As A 17-year-old On A Cricket Scholarship – Adam Gilchrist

In a conversation on the Club Prairie Fire podcast, Adam Gilchrist reminisced about his cricket career in England. He highlighted the importance of the opportunities provided to young Australians and players worldwide through cricket in England.

“I’ll tell you what England gave me. You’re right about the opportunity that young Aussies get, and people from all around the world go playing cricket in England. I went there as a 17-year-old on a cricket scholarship,” Gilchrist said.

Cricket Wise It Was Next Level – Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist stated that his trip to England at 17 significantly influenced his personal and cricketing development. The former cricketer emphasized the invaluable cricketing experience gained from playing against seasoned professionals.

“That is correct. I’m actually going to dance with seriousness for a moment here, Vaughany and Gents. That was without doubt the most important year of development in my life, both on and off the field. Independence, living on the other side of the world, learning how to cook, and getting yourself from A to B. Public transport, and all that stuff. How to find your way to the bottom of a pint when you’re underage.”

Then, cricket-wise, it was next level. Played in a very decent cricket league against a lot of ex-first-class players and ex-internationals. Dilip Doshi came across him in a Saturday afternoon league match, that type of player. The cricketing experience was phenomenal and helped set me up for a great deal,” Gilchrist added.

Gilchrist made his Test debut against Pakistan in 1999. He led Australia to a remarkable victory in his second match. He helped the team chase down a 369-run target against Pakistan. The batter scored 149 runs after Australia was in a challenging situation at 126 for 5.

The 52-year-old played a crucial role in Australia’s triumphs in the World Cups of 1999, 2003, and 2007. The opening batter scored 54 off 36 deliveries, including 8 fours and a six, during the 2003 World Cup final. He scored 149 off 104 deliveries in the 2007 World Cup final.

Adam Gilchrist announced his retirement from international cricket in 2008. He last played for Australia in an ODI match against India at The Gabba in March 2008.

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