Adam Gilchrist and Craig McMillian discuss the outcome during the First Test.
Adam Gilchrist and Craig McMillian discuss the outcome during the First Test.

Walking claims all song, dance



THERE seems to have been an over-reaction by the media in regards to Adam Gilchrist's on-field altercation with New Zealand batsman Craig McMillan on Sunday.

McMillan and Gilchrist exchanged words when the Kiwi batsman clearly edged a catch to the former Lismore wicketkeeper.

The appeal was turned down and Gilchrist subsequently made a comment to McMillan, who promptly returned serve.

All harmless stuff.

Since then, the Kiwis and the cricketing community have vilified Gilchrist.

They have taken the approach that just because Gilchrist walks when he knows he's out, doesn't mean the rest of the world's batsmen have to.

Flat Track Bully doesn't believe Gilchrist's reaction was brought about because he thought McMillan should walk.

Flat Track Bully reckons that Gilchrist reacted the way any wicketkeeper in the world would react when a batsman stands his ground after clearly edging the ball.

Imagine what a serve Gilchrist would have copped by the Indians in the recent Test series if he had stood his ground after edging a ball to the wicketkeeper?

Flat Track Bully thinks that maybe the Kiwis have hyped the altercation to take away the glare from their trouncing at the hands of the Aussies.

After all, they lost by an innings and 152 runs.

Wagging tail

STILL on the Test match in Brisbane, and wasn't it great to see tailenders Glen McGrath and Jason Gillespie put on a century partnership.

It was some of the most entertaining Test cricket Flat Track Bully has ever witnessed.

Cost of turning on the television ? $2.

Time and dollars lost while watching the cricket and eating fast food ? $20.

Watching noted batting bunny Glen McGrath hit New Zealand's best bowler Daniel Vettori for six and then seeing the reaction from his Aussie team-mates in the dressing room ... priceless.

Mumbai track

n FLAT Track Bully was speaking to Stan Gilchrist (father of Adam) recently and were interested to hear his views on the controversial Test wicket for the fourth Test in Mumbai earlier this month.

Mr Gilchrist made the trip to India to watch the last Test and after travelling 10,000km only managed to watch six-and-a-half sessions after rain and the pitch destroyed any hope of the match going the full five days.

During his time there Mr Gilchrist managed to inspect the wicket after bluffing his way onto the field.

He said the so-called pitch was coated with what looked like a fine layer of clay and he described it as one of the worst wickets he had ever seen.

Luckily, Mr Gilchrist still managed to have a good time during his first visit to India to make the trip worthwhile.

Easts coup

CONGRATULATIONS to Lismore pair Tom Cooper and Ian Gregory for their selection in the NSW Country team to contest the Australian Country Championships in Lismore this January.

For both it's a recognition of their skill and their application to the game.

The fact that they both hail from the same team, Eastern Districts, is a coup for the club.

Special mention must also be made of Casino colt Sam Irvine.

Irvine must consider himself pretty unlucky to miss selection this time round considering he hit 100 and 50 for North Coast in two of the three matches at the recent Northern NSW Championship.

Despite missing out, his form in this year's championship should hold him in good stead for future NSW Country teams.

It's a knockout

n THERE was no senior cricket last weekend but that changes this Saturday as the first round of the LJ Hooker League one-day competition begins.

It's a different format this year involving a knockout process instead of the normal round-robin.

Casino are the defending one-day champions.

Hallelujah!

n FLAT Track Bully knows this has nothing to do with cricket, but how good is it that Australian Idol has finally finished.

Matt a big hit

n FORMER Lismore Souths player Matthew Phelps was a big hit at his old school Richmond River High last week.

Phelps, who seems to have finally cracked a permanent top-order position with the NSW Blues, chatted to students and teachers and was still signing autographs well after the presentation of the Roads and Traffic Authority stop speeding message.

He capped off the day by presenting a signed NSW bat in a glass case to his former school.

Good on you Mat!

? Steve Spinks, Paul Attewell



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