Infotainment Factory: How Gilchrist almost retired before his most memorable ton

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Friday, 14 December 2018

How Gilchrist almost retired before his most memorable ton


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Australian cricket legend Adam Gilchrist has revealed he considered retiring only days before he recorded the second-fastest Test century in international cricket.

The former Test captain had been struggling with a spate of lean scores throughout the 2006-07 season that had him questioning his time in the Australian team.

Gilchrist revealed he was close to pulling the plug only days before he knocked 100 off just 57 balls against England in that year’s Ashes series as he set about recording one of the most famous centuries in Australian cricket history.

“I was dismissed for a duck in the first innings and I’d basically thought, I’m done here. I rang my wife from the car out the back of the changerooms and told her I’m retiring, I’m finished, I think I’ve come to the end of the road,” Gilchrist told Fox Cricket’s Cricket 360.

Adam Gilchrist

“I got home that night and she smacked me round the head a few times, figuratively more than physically and said ‘you’re just sulking cause you got a duck’.

“But it allowed me to clear my mind a little bit. I went out batting in that innings thinking this could well be my last innings — without being too melodramatic.”

Surviving a close shave off the first delivery from English paceman Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff Gilchrist pounced on his luck and banished the questions from his mind with four sixes and 12 fours.

“That first one I got a big outside edge and it went through the gully region. Didn’t go to hand, it went for four and I thought woah if that was a pair, two noughts. I’m definitely retiring but it went for four,” he said.

India stage day one fightback

“The very next ball which wasn’t the one in the highlights was a similar delivery, I got up high and absolutely smoked it right out of the middle of the bat forward of point for four and I thought that’s right, that’s what it feels like.

“And it’s amazing, every batsman you hear Vaughany [Michael Vaughan] they say it could be one ball between feeling good and feeling not so good and I got lucky on the first one and probably felt like I was owed a bit of that luck or good fortune or whatever you want to call it, but that kickstarted me.

“The other thing I didn’t want to get out to a little bat pad off Monty Panesar like I did in the first innings, I thought if I face him, I’m going big.”

Australian cricket legend Adam Gilchrist has revealed he considered retiring only days before he recorded the second-fastest Test century in international cricket.

The former Test captain had been struggling with a spate of lean scores throughout the 2006-07 season that had him questioning his time in the Australian team.

Gilchrist revealed he was close to pulling the plug only days before he knocked 100 off just 57 balls against England in that year’s Ashes series as he set about recording one of the most famous centuries in Australian cricket history.

“I was dismissed for a duck in the first innings and I’d basically thought, I’m done here. I rang my wife from the car out the back of the changerooms and told her I’m retiring, I’m finished, I think I’ve come to the end of the road,” Gilchrist told Fox Cricket’s Cricket 360.

Adam Gilchrist

“I got home that night and she smacked me round the head a few times, figuratively more than physically and said ‘you’re just sulking cause you got a duck’.

“But it allowed me to clear my mind a little bit. I went out batting in that innings thinking this could well be my last innings — without being too melodramatic.”

Surviving a close shave off the first delivery from English paceman Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff Gilchrist pounced on his luck and banished the questions from his mind with four sixes and 12 fours.

“That first one I got a big outside edge and it went through the gully region. Didn’t go to hand, it went for four and I thought woah if that was a pair, two noughts. I’m definitely retiring but it went for four,” he said.

India stage day one fightback

“The very next ball which wasn’t the one in the highlights was a similar delivery, I got up high and absolutely smoked it right out of the middle of the bat forward of point for four and I thought that’s right, that’s what it feels like.

“And it’s amazing, every batsman you hear Vaughany [Michael Vaughan] they say it could be one ball between feeling good and feeling not so good and I got lucky on the first one and probably felt like I was owed a bit of that luck or good fortune or whatever you want to call it, but that kickstarted me.

“The other thing I didn’t want to get out to a little bat pad off Monty Panesar like I did in the first innings, I thought if I face him, I’m going big.”

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