Gilchrist: 'Australia needs to identify big moments in Tests'

Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist believes Australia needs to identify and sieze big moments in Tests to ensure better success and erase a poor run of form.

Adam Gilchrist refused to predict the course of the five-Test series between India and England.   -  V. Ganesan

Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist believes Australia's current team needs to identify big moments in matches to sieze control. The team has now lost its fourth Test on the trot after being overwhelmed by South Africa in Perth.

“Australia shouldn’t be panicking. They were very much in the dominant position in > that Test match (at Perth against South Africa). Even in at least two of the Test matches in Sri Lanka, they were really in dominant positions and then they let the opposition make a comeback. So that’s their biggest concern and they need to work hard on this aspect,” Gilchrist told PTI in an interview here on Thursday.

“Australia needs to identify moments in the game, where they need to work hard and not let the opponent back in.

That’s what all the good teams do in any nation. Australia can take confidence from the fact that they are good enough to compete with all their opponents and they are doing that, but then they are losing the big moments. So I would expect them to make a comeback. I think it’s going to be great rest of series against South Africa. It will be a terrific series against Pakistan too,” the legendary wicketkeeper-batsman said.

Gilchrist, who is here as the brand ambassador of University of Wollongong (UOW), announced Vigneshwaran Subramani of Chennai as the recipient of the 2017 Bradman Foundation Scholarship, at an event. The UOW Bradman Foundation Scholarship is offered to one undergraduate or post-graduate student from India every year.

Asked if its batting department failed Australia in the Test match against South Africa, Gilchrist said: “Yes, absolutely. That was evident in Perth. Neither of the two sides batted well in the first innings. Australia had a great opportunity to post a huge first innings total but they didn’t grab that opportunity. South Africa made the correct adjustments in their second innings and made a huge total,” said the 44-year-old.

The second Test of the series will be played at Hobart on November 12, and the third in Adelaide on November 24. Before the rubber against South Africa, Australia was whitewashed 3-0 by Sri Lanka in an away Test series earlier this year.

'Wait and see'

Gilchrist refused to predict the course of the five-Test series between India and England. “Five Test matches, it is a long Test series and hard to predict what is going to happen. And that is great about Test cricket at the moment, very unpredictable as to who is going to beat who. India play well in India so they probably will be feeling a little bit shocked (after the first day when England scored 311 for 4). It is a long series, I would expect India to play well at stages throughout but England are off to a positive start and we have to wait and see,” he added.