Well, I took a break from wrestling tomes as I have a few other books to read. And this one fits nicely here into Inside Pulse Sports. For those unaware, Adam Gilchrist was the Australian wicketkeeper through the start of the twenty-first century and he rewrote the book on what was expected of a wickie in cricket. They used to be expected to be great behind the stumps and be able to hold their own when called on to bat.
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When Healy returned Gilchrist maintained his position in the team as a specialist batsman after Mark Waugh sustained a hand injury. In a particularly poor start to the new combination, Waugh was run out after a mix-up with Gilchrist. Gilchrist struggled in India, scoring 86 runs at Australia finished runners-up in the tournament, with Gilchrist taking nine dismissals as wicketkeeper and averaging The matches did not have ODI status, and after winning their first four fixtures, Australia lost the final to South Africa, Gilchrist making He finished with runs at a batting average of Gilchrist, with a batting average of Australia won all three matches,  the last in the final over,  to scrape into the semifinals.
With the scores tied, South Africa were going for the winning run when Gilchrist broke the stumps to complete the run out of Allan Donald ;  the match was tied,  and Australia proceeded to the final as they had won the group stage match against South Africa. In the Third Test against New Zealand in , Gilchrist recorded the third best Test performance ever by a wicketkeeper, and the best by an Australian,  taking ten catches in the match.
Gilchrist scored only 9 and 10 not out,  but a ten-wicket haul from Colin Miller resulted in a hard-fought five-wicket victory for Australia. He counterattacked savagely, scoring in just balls, and featuring in a run partnership with Matthew Hayden in only 32 overs.
Gilchrist took six catches and was named Man of the Match in a ten wicket victory,  extending the world record run to The allowed Australia to reach in only minutes, and set up an innings victory that set the tone for the series. He ended the summer Tests with runs at Ricky Ponting was promoted to the captaincy ahead of vice captain Gilchrist. South Africa were demoralised and lost by an innings after being forced to follow on. He then top-scored with 91 in the Third Test, and although Australia lost the match,  Gilchrist ended the series with an astonishing at He finished the tournament with runs at an average of He scored four half-centuries, and was run out against Sri Lanka in the Super Six stage just a single run short of a century.
Australia won the series 1—0. Gilchrist returned to form when New Zealand toured Australia at the start of southern hemisphere season. He scored and 50 in the 2—0 Test series clean sweep and scored fifties in both ODIs. Gilchrist was in strong form ahead of the Tests, scoring runs at Gilchrist scored 45, and 32 as Australia swept the ODIs 3—0, and top-scored with 94 in the first innings of the one-off Test, which Australia won. He scored runs at Gilchrist opened the Australian batting in each match, taking a pinch-hitting role in the opening powerplays.
Initially successful in the group matches, scoring 46, 57 and 42, he failed in the first Super8 match against West Indies 7 , but bounced back to score a second half-century 59 not out in a ten-wicket victory against Bangladesh in a match drastically shortened due to rain. After a run of middling scores, he failed again in the final Super8 match against New Zealand.
Australia won and he was named the man of the match.
True Colours: My Life by Adam Gilchrist (Hardback, 2008)
May 12, Dan Mac rated it liked it If a woman by the name of Mel is giving you a hard time right now, I would advise to give yourself m - 1km between you and herself at all times if you intend to read this behemoth he mentions his wife more than he adjusted his box. The highlights of this read is Gilly giving us the inside albeit very G rated lowdown of his If a woman by the name of Mel is giving you a hard time right now, I would advise to give yourself m - 1km between you and herself at all times if you intend to read this behemoth he mentions his wife more than he adjusted his box. You come away from this autobiography knowing one thing; Adam Gilchrist is a very emotional man. But I mostly felt this was a cathartic release from Gilly rather than giving much thought to the reader. True Colours is definitely a book for cricket lovers, even those who are not Gilchrist fans will absolutely love this book.