ENG v AUS 2018: England planned meticulously against me in the 2005 Ashes, says Adam Gilchrist

Gilchrist didn't score a 50 during the famous 5-match Test series.

Gilly Gilchrist (Getty)

Adam Gilchrist, in his autobiography which got published in 2009, had mentioned how his time playing in England during the 2005 Ashes series was "the worst time of my cricketing life". It was a rare experience for a man so used to dominating the bowling attacks batting down the order in a great batting line up. 

England's meticulous planning against the wicketkeeper-batsman was seen right throughout the most famous Ashes till date. 

Led by Andrew Flintoff, the England bowling attack under the captaincy of Michael Vaughan, went round the wicket and pushed Gilchrist back with the bouncer before unleashing that sharp away swinger that took the edge and went straight into the hands of slips. 

The man who would walk into most dream elevens, failed to reach 50 for five Test matches and averaged just 22 in the series. 

Recently, Gilchrist was quoted saying to the BBC as, "I felt it was the first time that an opposition team had planned something different to me and then executed those plans beautifully, "Apparently it was all by mistake, There was nothing planned about it"

"Freddy (Flintoff) was bowling to me in the one-dayers that preceded that Ashes series at Lord's and the footmarks over the wicket were too deep. So he went around the wicket to get away from the footmark. And got me .. and he thought 'hmm, I might try that again'. And that's where it started."

"Bowlers had gone around the wicket to me (before) and it had never fazed me, I'd probably been dismissed around the wicket, but it had never been an issue. But in my mind, and it's all perception, I thought they'd worked something out and had the right fields set. Around the wicket, angling towards my stumps so luring me into playing (a shot). And then that reverse swing - that brought us undone so often - leaving me, towards the slips, at good pace, with an appropriately set field that was holding on to so many catches."

Nevertheless, Gilchrist still feels that this was an Ashes that revitalized the game and was a special occasion to be a part of. 

He said, "It was so special, It was the low point of my career by the way of individual moments, but you just knew you'd been in something so special. Even in the hurt and disappointment of defeat, you just knew what a positive part of history that was going to be for the game"

"And 2001 in India(Border-Gavaskar Trophy) was the only other time, among all the amazing successes that the Australian cricket team was able to achieve, they are the two best series I've been involved in and we lost both of them."

(Inputs from Cricket.com.au)


By Kashish Chadha - 23 Jun, 2018

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