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ICC World Cup: Adam Gilchrist returns to the WACA

Former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist returned to his 'homeground', the WACA (Western Australian Cricket Association) here yesterday to give his son's school cricket team a tour of the iconic venue. Gilchrist, was born in New South Wales, but went on to switch domestic loyalties to Western Australia later on in his career.

Adam Gilchrist obliges fans with autographs at the WACA yesterday
Adam Gilchrist obliges fans with autographs at the WACA yesterday 

The former Australia captain was seen taking the dozen-odd kids around, proudly showing them the different areas of the historic cricket ground like the nets, the media centre, the dressing rooms and even took them near the pitch. Gilchrist was known for his big-hitting, so a comparison with current South African dasher AB de Villiers seemed obvious.

The 43-year-old three-time world champion, however, said that the South African was far more superior. "AB's the most versatile cricketer in the world. He does things that I didn't even think of doing. He's an exceptional talent," said Gilchrist.

Aal izz well with Gayle?
There is an element of mystery surrounding West Indies big-hitter Chris Gayle. Ever since the Windies arrived here in Perth on Sunday, Gayle hasn't trained intensively in both the practice sessions at the Murdoch University Oval.

WI chief selector Clive Lloyd (left) has a one-on-one chat with Chris Gayle during a practice session at the Murdoch University Oval in Perth yesterday. Pic/Ashwin Ferro
WI chief selector Clive Lloyd (left) has a one-on-one chat with Chris Gayle during a practice session at the Murdoch University Oval in Perth yesterday. Pic/Ashwin Ferro 

Yesterday, just before the training session, he first gave a couple of interviews to the official broadcaster, and then spent almost an hour in a one-on-one chat with chief selector Clive Lloyd giving rise to speculation that his back problem may have recurred.

Teammate Darren Sammy, however, said that with two more days to go for the Friday clash there would be more practice sessions where Gayle could train. He also said the team was fully fit and that the players sometimes went over to pick the legendary Lloyd's brains over cricketing matters, which is a good sign.

Chris' funny warning
Chris Gayle is a funny character. While Sammy was interacting with some mediapersons at the Murdoch Universty Oval yesterday, Gayle, who was passing by, yelled: "Watch out, watch out." Now, that's a cry given on a crowded cricket field to draw someone's attention towards an aerial ball that may be headed their way. Spontaneously, the group of journalists ducked for cover, and Gayle laughed out loud.

Sammy's Holi joke
India play the West Indies in a World Cup Group 'B' match on Friday, which is also the day the country celebrates the festival of colour, Holi. So, a question on the festival seemed obvious when Sammy came across for a chat with the media yesterday. "Will you celebrate Holi with team India on Friday?" was the question. Sammy, retaining his sense of humour despite the searing heat, replied: "Let India celebrate Holi, we'll celebrate victory."

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