He thinks it had some effect, without doubt. And it might well have done. But we can't be close to certain of it - it's not like Gilchrist has never had lean-ish spells which have ended with a very large bang before.
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As for Gilchrist's showing the glove to the dressing room its perfectly understandable. Just imagine the scenario. He and some of his Aussie mates have been discussing his batting. He or someone else pointed out that he was bringing his right hand too much into his shots. No corrective measure was working and then someone suggested this.
He tried it (maybe first in the nets) and he got a hundred. Surely he would wave it to his mates either to say yes I was right or yes you were right or something to that effect.
How does it prove that it helps in getting mis hits go further.
BTW, the one thing that DEFINITELY makes mis hits go further is modern bats and another thing that makes mis hits go for six is smaller boundaries. No one seems to be complaining. There is a strong case for not reducing boundaries at least.
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Gilly only used the squash ball in the final, but even if the squash ball improves his grip how is it any different from wearing inners inside the gloves which also improves a batsman's grip on the bat.
This is the first time that Gilly used it in the WC according to Gilly himself...he has used it once before in a match, for WA vs Qld last summer. Guess the result - another hundred!
Listening to a Bracken interview a few days ago, he was not even aware that Gilly was going to use the squash ball and seemed to conclude that it was a last minute decision to use it.
From Ashantha De Mel's pretty hard hitting comments, it looks as if the SL Board will be taking this issue up with the ICC at the next meeting in June.
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No it wasn't a Pura cup game, it was limited over game where Gilly scored that 100 against QLD.
I guess the squash ball would only help a batsman who holds the bat like Gilly.
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