Lismore boy and Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist
Lismore boy and Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist

Don't be silly, Gilly

By STEVE SPINKS

STICK with cricket, Gilly.

That is the advice of Australian baseball squad member Matt Gahan to fellow Lismore boy and Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist.

It was revealed last week that the Boston Red Sox, the 2004 World Series winners, were keen to give Gilchrist a trial.

Australian coach and Red Sox scout John Deeble admitted Boston had expressed an interest.

But despite Gilchrist's phenomenal hand-eye co-ordination, Gahan doubts the wicketkeeper-batsman could make it as a professional baseballer.

"At the age of 33 and knowing the quality of the pitching in America, I don't believe he'd make the majors as easy as the hype suggested," Gahan said.

"Obviously he has great bat speed, so if he had started playing baseball when he was younger he may have made it.

"But I find it hard to believe the Red Sox would be seriously considering a 33-year-old."

The other problem Gahan thought of is:Where does Gilchrist field?

"Only one league has designated hitters and I doubt he'd be good enough to play somewhere else," he said.

"Catching is very different to wicketkeeping as the catcher usually has to know baseball very well and in some ways the catcher controls the game.

"Also, hitting a round ball with a round bat is very different to hitting a round ball with a square bat."

Meanwhile, Gilchrist has revealed that he will most likely play on until the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies, before retiring.



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