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Last Updated: Sunday, 23 November, 2003, 15:06 GMT
Australia profiles
Wicket-keeper; left-handed middle-order batsman

Adam Gilchrist
Born: 14/11/71
Team: Western Australia
Test debut: v Pakistan at Brisbane, 1999/00
ODI debut: v South Africa at Faridabad, 1996/7

Gilchrist has been nothing less than a cricket phenomenon since Ian Healy's retirement created a vacancy behind the stumps.

Although he has developed into an ultra-reliable keeper, it is Gilchrist's batting which has elevated him into the ranks of the game's true greats.

He goes into the series against India with an average of 60 - the highest of any player on either side - and an incredible strike rate of 83 runs per 100 balls.

His unbeaten 113 off 94 balls against Zimbabwe in October was typical, although it was overshadowed by partner Matthew Hayden's world record innings of 380.

Gilchrist's role is normally to hurry the side towards a declaration after the top-order have laid the platform for a big total.

In the one-day side, however, he has the chance to set the tempo by going in first, and has done so successfully with 5,600 runs to his credit.

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