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'Gilchrist more destructive than Bradman'

Adam Gilchrist is a more destructive batsman than Bradman, says former keeper Rod Marsh.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Sydney
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2005 05:34 PM IST

Buccaneering Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist is a more destructive batsman than the great Don Bradman, according to former Test wicketkeeper Rod Marsh.

Gilchrist still has Australian cricket fans talking about his astonishing 120-ball 113 which dramatically changed the course of this week's final cricket Test against Pakistan into a resounding nine-wicket win for Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The sweet-hitting left-hander has now scored 13 centuries, the most by a wicketkeeper in Test cricket.

Without Gilchrist, the Australian side had been superb. With him, it became nigh unbeatable, and indeed Australia won the first 15 Tests Gilchrist played in.

This week's Sydney Test provided Gilchrist with his 50th win in 65 Tests - an unprecedented success rate for a Test cricketer.

Marsh, who broke the keepers' duck by making an unbeaten 110 in the Centenary Test against England in Melbourne in 1977, is in awe of Gilchrist's ability with both gloves and bat, and rates him as probably the best cricketer in the world.

"It's a difficult thing to judge, obviously, with players like Tendulkar, Lara, Kallis, Warne ... but if you sat down to pick a world XI he'd have to be your first choice," Marsh told Australian Associated Press on Thursday.

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