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    Gilchrist: Why I walked

    To those who got the wrong impresion about wether he actualy walked and also some interesting stuff about his views on Hussain and Vaughan.


    Gilchrist: Why I walked
    March 19, 2003

    ENGLAND batsmen Nasser Hussein and Michael Vaughan can take some credit for Adam Gilchrist's decision to "walk" in the World Cup semi-final.

    The Australian vice-captain says it was frustration at watching the Englishmen stand their ground during the recent Ashes series that got him thinking about walking.

    Gilchrist had the cricket world rubbing its eyes in amazement when he decided to head for the pavilion even though the umpire gave him not out to a catch behind against Sri Lanka in the Cup semi-final.

    It defied all recent convention but Gilchrist said later he wasn't on a mission to have batsmen start walking whenever they knew they were out.

    He said his conscience had been stirred by Hussain's refusal to accept a catch by Jason Gillespie in the Boxing Day Test that "stood out like dog's balls," as the Australian fast bowler described it at the time.

    He also recalled another no-walk incident in the Adelaide Test involving Vaughan.

    "I've smashed it and I thought 'I should walk off'," Gilchrist explained.

    "Hussain and Vaughan had me thinking a lot about walking or times when players have blatantly nicked the ball, know they have and whether they should walk.

    "I'm not on a crusade to try and get it back to the old days of gentlemen's behaviour but a lot of the time I was thinking, `I wonder if I'll ever be in a scenario where I'm the batsman and I have to make that decision?'

    "Today that situation came up and something inside me said 'walk' so I went.

    "I saw (umpire) Rudi (Koertzen) give me not out and shake his head, so I just went."

    The Australians were livid when Hussain didn't accept Gillespie's claim to a fair catch in the Boxing Day Test despite the fact they rarely, if ever, give themselves up unless a dismissal is blatantly obvious.

    But now Gilchrist has joined West Indian Brian Lara as batsmen who go without waiting for the verdict.

    "I remember vividly the Boxing Day Test when Nasser Hussain didn't go when Dizzy (Gillespie) claimed to have caught him," said Gilchrist.

    "I remember thinking and saying to a few people that there was the perfect opportunity for a player to make a statement.

    "Maybe because it's been in my mind I reacted that way. I don't want to have headlines around the world saying I'm making a stand that players should walk but that's my feelings on the scenario and how I can play the game, hopefully."

    Video replays are used nowadays to clarify catches but camera angles often give an inaccurate or misleading representation.

    Hussain was allowed to keep batting in Melbourne because inconclusive replays suggested the ball might have shaved the grass as Gillespie caught it.

    "The feeling about the third umpire and the catches carrying, a lot of players around the world think it would be nice ... to go back to the players, but again, for that to happen, we've got to take responsibility," Gilchrist said.

    "There have been times before in my career where I've hit the ball and known it, been given not out and not walked.

    "I'm not totally sure why today, in a World Cup semifinal, I've decided to do otherwise but it sits comfortably with me.

    "Hopefully we can move on in a positive fashion."

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    Admirable at this stage, but whether he continues to adopt this policy is the big question.
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    i walk if i know i am out - unfortunatley i also get alot of decisions where i am not out and am given out
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    i dont like the idea of walking, i was very disapointed that gilly did that. in such a big game at that time i dont think it was the best thing to do. In that level the umpires should be good enough to give players out when they are, but if the umpire gets it wrong so be it and get on with the game.

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    Can't have it both ways - stand his ground and pom-bash.

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    walking is what i do...

    i didn't walk the at all last season, because all the ify ones were iffy and i wasn't sure. I know i am out, i walk.

    Although it is a big set between saying it, and doing.

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    Originally posted by Paid The Umpire
    walking is what i do...

    i didn't walk the at all last season, because all the ify ones were iffy and i wasn't sure. I know i am out, i walk.

    Although it is a big set between saying it, and doing.
    the day i walk is the day pigs fly

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    I wonder if his new found "saintly" image also applies for keeping, so when he knows a ball has come off the pad he won't appeal or something...or is that just wishful thinking?
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    Originally posted by broncoman
    the day i walk is the day pigs fly
    I'm sure you'll find one here http://www.zydecogifts.com/ and just about anything else...

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    Originally posted by Rik
    I'm sure you'll find one here http://www.zydecogifts.com/ and just about anything else...
    i am still not going to walk

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    Originally posted by broncoman
    i am still not going to walk
    The only people who don't walk are ones who are afraid they will never get the chance to make a good score again

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    I admire Gilchrists decision to work, but a few commeents i ahve to make:

    1 - excuse the spelling - a few drinkls tonight.

    2 - i dont get why it has caused such a stir? i mean, its not the momentous an ocasion is it?

    3 - i dont walk for a couple of reasons:

    a. i'm a crap batsmen - no. 11 most of the time, so if the bowler doesn't get me out soon after its a miracle. and:

    b. even if i could bat i wouldn't walk, because in the end it evens itself out. Wereas if you walk, its going to end up not in your favour.

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    Rik's right. :P Insecurity causes non-walkingness

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    Or if you're an aussie

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