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Adam Gilchrist

Gilchrist is quite simply one of the best one-day players of his generation.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2003 00:18 IST
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 Date of Birth: 14 November 1971, Bellingen
 Test Debut: Against Pakistan at Brisbane in 1999/00
 ODI Debut: Against South Africa at Faridabad in 1996/97
 Bats: Left Hand Bat
 Other: Wicket-Keeper
 Bowls: Right Arm Off Break
 

Gilchrist is quite simply one of the best one-day players of his generation.

The 31-year-old could walk into the team as a batsman alone and did indeed start his one-day career as a middle-order batsman.

However, within 20 matches he was opening the innings and had made the wicketkeeping position his own following Ian Healy's retirement.

Gilchrist's versatility in performing two specialist roles with such distinction gives Australia a vital edge over their opponents.

His batting often gives the team a perfect platform in the first 15 overs, fast scoring to take the pressure off those down the order.

And behind the stumps he is equally adroit standing back to pacemen or up to spinners.

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First Published: Jan 25, 2003 12:08 IST