YOURE OUTTA LINE, WARNIE
By ADAM HICKS
SUGGESTIONS that Adam Gilchrist should be sacked as Australian cricket vice-captain are laughable, according to local cricket commentators.
John McMahon and Stan Gilchrist yesterday slated Shane Warne's calls for Michael Clarke to replace Gilchrist as nothing more than a grab at the headlines.
Warne, in his column for a Sydney newspaper, said Clarke's performance at the helm of Australia's Twenty20 side this week justified a changing of the guard.
"That's pretty much 'Warnie'; because he's not playing he has to do anything he can to get publicity," Stan Gilchrist, Adam's dad, said.
"It's a bit sad really.
"My attitude is when Warnie becomes a selector he should say it, but until then he should button his lip."
Warne wrote: "The time is right for Michael Clarke to replace Adam Gilchrist as vice-captain of the Australian cricket team.
"Gilly has done a wonderful job but won't be around for too much longer in all forms of the game. I reckon he will hang the gloves up and decide to play only one form, probably Test matches.
"Gilly, I'm sure, would endorse the decision and be 100 per cent supportive."
But Stan Gilchrist said Warne was misinformed.
"It's not on the cards. Adam has made the public statement that it is not his intention to retire from either form of the game yet," Stan said.
"But in some ways it's not a silly call if we're looking to the future.
"I don't think he'd jump over Watsons Bay if it was taken off him. I think he'd be looking more for the future of Australian cricket than the future of himself and if that's what officials decided, he'd go along with it."
McMahon said Gilchrist did not deserve to lose the vice-captaincy to Clarke.
"It's an absolutely ridiculous statement ... Warne looking for publicity," he said.
"Nothing that beats experience and, secondly, how could you make a comparison between Twenty20 and Test cricket?
"It's absolutely laughable."
McMahon also dismissed Warne's calls that it was time to blood Clarke.
"Heading into the Test series, they should be looking at the best team, the best captain, the best vice-captain," he said.
"Gilchrist is perfectly positioned (behind the stumps) to remain as vice-captain.
"Pura Cup games are the best time to prime someone for captaincy."
McMahon said the added pressure of a promotion could be detrimental to Clarke's development.
"I've got no doubt they'd have him in mind (as a future captain)," McMahon said.
"He is a very fine cricketer but he's still not up to the class of Gilchrist, (Matthew) Hayden or (Ricky) Ponting.
"He still needs a couple of years of Tests to show that he's got what it takes.
"In some people's opinion he has a bit of a problem with fast bowling just outside the off stump. Like any player he has to prove that isn't the case.
"Again, the suggestions are absolutely laughable."