53 Facts About Adam Gilchrist

1. Adam Gilchrist has had a number of company directorships outside of cricket.

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2. In 2008, Adam Gilchrist supported debate on whether Australia Day should be moved to a new date because the current date marks British settlement and is offensive to many Aboriginal Australians.

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3. In 2013 Adam Gilchrist joined Ricky Ponting and various other names in cricket to commentate for Channel Ten in the third series of the Big Bash League.

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4. Adam Gilchrist made his debut on the program in March 2008, and commentates on Nine's cricket coverage during the Australian summer.

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5. Adam Gilchrist has appeared as one of a panel of revolving co-hosts for the revived Wide World of Sports Weekend Edition.

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6. Adam Gilchrist denied calling the Indian a "bad sport" in regards to the handshake issue.

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7. Adam Gilchrist was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2012.

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8. In 2010, Adam Gilchrist was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to cricket and the community.

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9. Adam Gilchrist was awarded the Allan Border Medal in 2003, and was the only Australian cricketer who was a current player at the time to have been named in "Richie Benaud's Greatest XI" in 2004.

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10. Adam Gilchrist was reprimanded by the Australian Cricket Board for publicly questioning the legality of Muttiah Muralitharan's bowling action in 2002, as his comments were found to be in breach of the clause in the player code of conduct relating to "detrimental public comment".

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11. Adam Gilchrist reignited this debate by walking during a high-profile match, the 2003 World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka, after the umpire ruled him to be not out.

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12. Adam Gilchrist is second on the all-time list of most sixes in Tests at 100 with only Brendon McCullum ahead of him with 107.

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13. Adam Gilchrist is currently 45th on the all–time list of highest batting averages.

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14. Adam Gilchrist was a part of the successful 1999, 2003 and 2007 Cricket World Cup campaigns.

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15. Adam Gilchrist signed a short-term contract in November 2009 to play English Twenty20 cricket for Middlesex between 3 and 24 June 2010.

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16. Adam Gilchrist stated the reason as being the Kings XI management's decision to renew his contract for another season.

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17. Adam Gilchrist had speculated on retiring from the IPL at the end of the 2012 season, after Kings XI Punjab failed to make it to the play-offs.

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18. Adam Gilchrist led the Deccan Chargers in the second half of the IPL in the absence of regular captain VVS Laxman, who was ruled out for the rest of the tournament due to injury.

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19. Adam Gilchrist was contracted by the Hyderabad-based Deccan Chargers in the inaugural season's player auction for US$700,000.

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20. In September 2007, Adam Gilchrist played in the inaugural World Twenty20.

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21. Adam Gilchrist opened the batting against Sri Lanka in the final.

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22. Adam Gilchrist opened the Australian batting in each match, taking a pinch-hitting role in the opening powerplays.

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23. Adam Gilchrist was then rested for Australia's winless three-match ODI tour of New Zealand, before his selection for the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

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24. Adam Gilchrist was the competition's most successful wicketkeeper, making 21 dismissals.

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25. Adam Gilchrist scored four half-centuries, and was run out against Sri Lanka in the Super Six stage just a single run short of a century.

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26. Adam Gilchrist played in all but one of the matches in Australia's successful defence of their World Cup title; he was rested for the group match against the Netherlands.

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27. Adam Gilchrist ended unbeaten on 204, having featured in a partnership of 317 with Damien Martyn at a run rate of 5.5.

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28. Adam Gilchrist captained the team in the Fourth Test at Headingley after an injury to Steve Waugh.

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29. Adam Gilchrist took six catches and was named Man of the Match in a ten wicket victory, extending the world record run to 16.

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30. Adam Gilchrist described the match as "the proudest moment of my career".

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31. Adam Gilchrist scored only 9 and 10 not out, but a ten-wicket haul from Colin Miller resulted in a hard-fought five-wicket victory for Australia.

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32. Adam Gilchrist was named man of the match in two of the games.

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33. Adam Gilchrist made his Test match debut in the First Test against Pakistan at the Gabba in Brisbane in November 1999 becoming the 381st Australian Test cricketer.

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34. Adam Gilchrist made only 20 in the semifinal against South Africa, but completed the final act of the match.

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35. Adam Gilchrist continued to struggle in the Super Six phase, scoring 31, 10 and 5 against India, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

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36. Adam Gilchrist went on to play in the Coca-Cola Cup in Sharjah in April 1998, a triangular tournament between Australia, India and New Zealand.

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37. Adam Gilchrist was run out for a duck in his only other ODI on the tour.

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38. Adam Gilchrist was called up for the Australian One Day International team in 1996, his debut coming against South Africa at Faridabad on 25 October 1996 as the 129th Australian ODI cap, after an injury to incumbent Ian Healy.

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39. Adam Gilchrist added 109 against Victoria, and played in the Sheffield Shield final victory over Tasmania, although he scored only eight.

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40. Adam Gilchrist registered his maiden–first-class double century with an unbeaten 203 against South Australia early in the season, before returning late in the season after his international commitments were over.

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41. Adam Gilchrist scored an unbeaten 76 to help Western Australia secure a narrow three-wicket victory over New South Wales in the penultimate limited overs match of the season, which saw them into the final against Queensland, which was lost.

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42. Adam Gilchrist was rewarded with selection in the Young Australia team that toured England in 1995 and played matches against the English counties.

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43. Adam Gilchrist made his debut in Mercantile Mutual limited overs competition.

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44. Adam Gilchrist scored a century and a fifty in the three Tests.

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45. In 1991, Adam Gilchrist was selected for the Australia Young Cricketers, a national youth team that toured England and played in youth ODIs and Tests.

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46. Adam Gilchrist is married to his high school sweetheart Melinda Gilchrist (nee Sharpe), a dietitian, and they have three sons and a daughter.

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47. Adam Gilchrist was selected for the state under-17 team, and in 1989 he was offered a scholarship by London-based Richmond Cricket Club, a scheme he now supports himself.

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48. Adam Gilchrist was born in 1971 at Bellingen Hospital, in Bellingen, New South Wales, the youngest of four children.

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49. Adam Gilchrist retired from international cricket in March 2008, though he continued to play domestic tournaments until 2013.

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50. Adam Gilchrist was Australia's regular vice-captain in both forms of the game, captaining the team when regular captains Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting were unavailable.

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51. Adam Gilchrist made his first-class debut in 1992, his first One-Day International appearance in 1996 in India and his Test debut in 1999.

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52. Adam Gilchrist is one of the only three players to have won three World Cup titles.

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53. Adam Gilchrist was the first player to have hit 100 sixes in Test cricket.

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