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Last Updated:  Monday, 6 January, 2003, 17:16 GMT

Adam Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist
Born: 14/11/71
Team: Western Australia
ODI debut: 25/10/96
Past World Cups: 1999
Left-handed batsman

Gilchrist is quite simply one of the best one-day players of his generation.

The 31-year-old could walk into the team as a batsman alone and did indeed start his one-day career as a middle-order batsman.

However, within 20 matches he was opening the innings and had made the wicketkeeping position his own following Ian Healy's retirement.

Gilchrist's versatility in performing two specialist roles with such distinction gives Australia a vital edge over their opponents.

His batting often gives the team a perfect platform in the first 15 overs, fast scoring to take the pressure off those down the order.

And behind the stumps he is equally adroit standing back to pacemen or up to spinners.

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