Tuesday 18 February 2014 

Gilchrist, Tait, Vettori To Take On MCC

Daniel Vettori appeals for a wicket
Daniel Vettori will return to Lord's and play for the Rest of the World side
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Adam Gilchrist, Shaun Tait and Daniel Vettori are the latest cricketers to be confirmed on the Rest of the World team to take on Sachin Tendulkar's MCC at Lord's on 5th July.

Shane Warne will captain the Rest of the World side for the match which is part of the Lord's bicentenary celebrations.

Tendulkar will lead an MCC side that includes Rahul Dravid, Paul Collingwood, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Virender Sehwag.

Gilchrist played two Tests and six One-Day Internationals at the home of cricket and was awarded Honorary Life Membership of MCC in 2012.

Vettori is on the honours board at the famous ground after he took five for 69 against England in 2008 and he also holds the record for the best ODI figures at the ground, picking up five for 30 against the West Indies in 2004.

Tait has only played at Lord's once before, but he was named as the man of the match after bowling Australia to a 42-run ODI win over England in 2010 with figures of four for 48.

Gilchrist, who is set to be reunited with former team-mate Warne, says he can't wait to return to Lord's once again.

"I'm privileged to have been asked to play in this match on such an exciting occasion," he said.

"Lord’s is a wonderful place to play cricket and I’m really looking forward to helping celebrate its bicentenary in this match.

"There are going to be a lot of familiar faces around and it’ll be a lot of fun to play alongside a couple of old team-mates too.

"There is something very special about Lord’s and MCC and I can’t wait to be back to celebrate such a special event with this fantastic club."

MCC President Mike Gatting, who will manage the MCC side, says the calibre of cricketers now confirmed is making the match even more of an event to look forward to.

"The teams for this match are really taking shape now, and everyone both inside and outside MCC is really looking forward to Saturday 5th July," the former England captain said.

"The prospect of watching Gilchrist keeping to Warne again is one that’s sure to whet the appetite of any cricket fan, and the talent on show at this match will be fitting of the occasion.

"It’s testament to the standing MCC has around the cricketing world that players like Adam, Shaun and Daniel want to come and celebrate the bicentenary of the current Lord’s Ground with the club, and there are more big names to come."

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