Gilchrist set to light up Ashes

By Nerida Blok

Can Australian cricket vice-captain Adam Gilchrist turn the Ashes series around?

Like the rest of Australia, Adam's parents, Stan and June Gilchrist, of Lismore, are hoping so.

"Steve Waugh has predicted Adam is about to have a massive influence on a match," said Stan.

"We just hope that comes true."

The pair arrived home yesterday after six weeks of leading a tour group of 70 people to the first three Tests, but they'll be happy to watch tonight's Fourth Test between Australia and England from their lounge room.

"I'm tired from travelling and tired of copping abuse from English supporters," laughed Stan.

Stan and June admitted the series so far had not been Adam's best.

"His mental state is fine but he is just disappointed he had a bad game at Old Trafford (in the Third Test)," Stan said. "He dropped Trescothick early in the match and felt it set the tone for the team."

However Stan said Adam had a brilliant game in the Second Test.

"No byes, no misses," he said. "Richie Benaud was quoted as saying it was the best keeping he'd seen for many years."

But Stan could not deny there's reason for concern.

"England hasn't won the Ashes for 18 years and they're all fired up. They are now a very good team."



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