COMMERCIAL BREAK: Australian pace bowler Glenn McGrath, right, puts the word on Adam Gilchrist during a break in play.
COMMERCIAL BREAK: Australian pace bowler Glenn McGrath, right, puts the word on Adam Gilchrist during a break in play.

Hey, Gilly ... got a few spare bucks?



NEXT time Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist is in Lismore don't forget to ask him for a loan.

Reports this week indicate Gilchrist is Australia's highest paid cricketer, clearing more than $2 million a year.

Half of his money comes from playing in Tests and one-day internationals, while the other half comes from sponsorship.

Adam's squeaky clean off-field image and his swashbuckling style of play obviously make him a major drawcard for the corporate world.

It all seems a very long way from a bloke who earned his keep in Sydney by being a bank clerk while trying to crack a spot in the NSW side.

Interestingly, the whole Australian Test team is worth $13 million.

Surprisingly, fringe players Michael Kasprowicz and Simon Katich each earned more than $400,000 last season.

McLean's ready

n STILL on Gilly ... well, on Gilly's mates.

Former Gordon first grade team-mate and now Southern Districts batsman Paul McLean has made himself available for the Lismore squad for the NSW Country Cup play-offs at Dubbo from December 26.

The addition of McLean will no doubt strengthen an already impressive batting line-up which includes NSW Country rep Tom Cooper, former Brisbane grade cricketer Bruce Jobson and former NSW Country rep Joel Henderson.

McLean followed on from his one-day century Saturday two weeks ago with 55 not out against Marist Brothers in a rain-affected two-day match at Nesbitt Park, South Lismore, on Saturday.

Could this be the year that Lismore push for a final position?

Only time will tell.

Nathan 2

n IT seems bowlers just can't do anything wrong at the moment.

Following on from Nathan Bracken's impressive 7-4 for NSW against South Australia, Casino reserve grader Nathan Scully has bettered the mark.

Scully bagged 9-27 in one innings playing for Tatts against Cecil.

He finished with match figures of 12-57 with the ball.

But that's not all folks.

He also knocked up 17 and 18 not out with the bat.

Well done Nathan!

Macca on the mend

n FORMER Northern Star sports journalist and local cricket identity John McMahon is on the mend.

As reported last month, Macca had a fall from a ladder while trying to break into his own house and he suffered a broken leg and two broken ribs as a result.

Luckily, the next door neighbour's dog Cybill came to Macca's rescue and raised the alarm with the former leg-spinner laying prone on the driveway.

By all accounts, Macca is up and about and back preparing things for January's Australian Country Cricket Championships in Lismore.

Paki pace-man

n LOOK out Darren Lehmann your place as the slowest man in International cricket could be cemented this summer.

Lehmann was thoroughly outclassed by New Zealand's Matthew Richardson after the recent Test series when the duo had a sprint-off.

Now there is news from the Pakistan camp that infamous lumberer Inzamam-ul-Haq would thrash Lehmann.

Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer, rates Inzy as one of the faster players in his squad when he wants to be.

If this is true, either Pakistan is an extremely slow-twitching team, or Inzy is surprisingly fast.

Flat Track Bully gets the feeling it may be the former.

After all, Inzy holds the record for the most run-outs in one-day international cricket.

He has been run out an astonishing 66 times.

Now Inzy in a figure-hugging lycra running suit ... Flat Track Bully is not sure we'd like to see that.

? STEVE SPINKS



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