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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 July 2005, 11:41 GMT 12:41 UK
Ex-Australia star fights for life
Gary Gilmour
Gary Gilmour played so well during the 1975 World Cup

Former Australia all-rounder Gary Gilmour, best known for his feats in the inaugural 1975 World Cup, is in desperate need of a liver transplant.

His former team-mate Ian Chappell is organising a tribute lunch to raise money to pay for medical costs.

"His condition has deteriorated to the point where he is on three hours stand-by for surgery," Chappell said.

"It is vital that funds be raised to cover his medical costs and his family's on-going needs."

The fundraiser, in Sydney on 23 September, is being supported by Australia skipper Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne, all of whom have donated auction items.

Ponting has promised one of his playing shirts from the current Ashes Series.

"One of the luncheon guests may possibly end up being 13th man during the Australia-Rest of the World Test in October - and that means being in the Australian dressing room and carrying the drinks," Chappell added.

Gilmour, 54, announced his arrival in the World Cup semi-final at Headingley in 1975 when running through England with the new ball to return 6-14.

It's not a sport any more, it's like going to work
Gilmour on modern cricket

He then rescued Australia, who were set just 94 to win, from 38-6 with a run-a-ball 28 not out.

Australia lost the final to West Indies, but left-arm swinger Gilmour still bagged a five-wicket haul in the match.

Gilmour, a hefty character who paid little attention to training, played just 15 Tests and three more one-dayers after the tournament.

He once said: "I couldn't play under today's conditions, what with the travelling and training and scientific aspects.

"It's not a sport any more, it's like going to work.

"You know how some mornings you get up and don't want to go to work - that's how I'd feel playing cricket these days.

"I'd clock on for a sickie."





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