Monday 19 November 2007 

Gilchrist Unlikely To Keep Record Ball But May Auction Bat

Adam Gilchrist's wish to preserve the historic ball he slog-swept out of the Bellerive Oval, Hobart, to become the first player to hit 100 Test sixes may not be fulfilled.

"Nobody has come forward to return the ball. We made an appeal on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) but the appeal has gone in vain it seems," his manager Stephen Atkinson said.

Gilchrist became the first Test batsman to smack 100 sixes during the second Test against Sri Lanka at Hobart. Gilchrist's towering six off of Muttiah Muralitharan brought up his century of sixes, but the ball was last seen bouncing on a parked ambulance along Church St and was being pursued by a group of children.

"Now he may have to be content with keeping the bat with which he hit the 100th sixer for his memorabilia," Atkinson added. "We are yet to decide about it but we may auction the bat and send the money for charity."

Gilchrist took nine years to complete the ton of sixes. The first one came when he hit Pakistan's Saqlain Mushtaq to midwicket, in his second Test, at the same ground of in Hobart in 1999. The next best from Australia is Matthew Hayden, who has 79 maximums in Tests.

© Bipin Dani
India Correspondent
Cricket World 2007


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