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Last Updated: Saturday, 16 December 2006, 10:39 GMT
Hussey salutes dazzling Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist
Gilchrist smashed 12 fours and four sixes in his 59-ball innings
Australia run machine Mike Hussey was delighted to see Adam Gilchrist join the party and put their team in complete control of the third Test.

Gilchrist became the third centurion of the innings, narrowly missing out on the fastest hundred in Test history.

"That was one of my most enjoyable afternoons sitting up there watching that sort of batting," Hussey said.

"It was rewarding to see us reap the rewards, it was pretty tough going, England did well for most of the day."

Hussey explained that Gilchrist was not aware how close he came to beating the fastest century record, set by Viv Richards in 1986.

"He came back in and when we told him he'd missed it by two balls he couldn't believe it," the left-hander said.

"Matthew Hayden (who hammered 92) and I were both having a bit of a laugh in there saying 'what were we doing out there!'

"It's great for Gilly because he has been working really hard. There have been a few knockers about his recent form so it's great for him to hit the ball so cleanly."

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Hussey, who only made his Test debut in November 2005, had previously scored four half-centuries in his four previous innings in the series.

"We had to work hard for our runs so it was very pleasing for me to get a hundred but I must admit I had a bit of luck along the way as well.

The latest chapter in his golden run of success was particularly appropriate as it was watched by his family on his home ground.

"It's something I'll never forget," he said of the moment he reached his fifth Test century.

We threw the question back to the rooms, did we want to try and have a look at them if we could press on - we took it as a yes, apparently it was a no

Adam Gilchrist

"Seeing my two-and-a-half year-old daughter waving and a big smile on her face is very, very nice and I'll remember it forever."

Gilchrist revealed that the decision to switch the scoring rate to the frenetic setting had actually not been the intention of skipper Ricky Ponting.

"After I got my fifty we threw the question back to the rooms, did we want to try and have a look at them (England) if we could press on?" he said.

"We took it as a yes, apparently it was a no. At our boot camp, communication skills was one of our topics and we obviously didn't pass that one, but it worked out well."

The wicket-keeper, who scored only 181 runs in the entire 2005 Ashes series, missed out on Richard's record when he made no contact with a wide delivery from Matthew Hoggard.

"It's a shame I didn't tickle that wide one from Hoggard, it would have been good," he reflected. "But I think Viv deserves that mantle."



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