56 to 100 : Gilchrist's century

By Aaron Callaghan

Adam Gilchrist came to the crease in Perth with nothing to lose but everything to play for. Gilly was going through a very lean patch, Flintoff had his measure, following a duck in the first innings Gilly took guard for his first rock and what followed was 56 balls of chaos as Adam Gilchrist belted the pommy's to all parts of the W.A.C.A ground in the 2006/07 Ashes.

The popular turn of phrase to describe Gilchrist’s batting is that he’s on the cleanest ball strikers of all time.

He is the kind of lower order stroke-maker that takes a test match away from you in the blink of an eye. The openers and middle order have done their job, its 5/300 at a reasonable clip, all of a sudden its 5/450 inside a session and the bowling unit is wondering where it all went wrong.

When Gilly gets a hold of one through the leg-side, it stays hit, usually evoking an awe inspiring reaction of “Wow.. Geezus he gold a hold of that”.

A pure ball striker

It is time to remember Gilly’s 56 ball century. Just admire Gilly giving the poms a hiding.

Adam Gilchrist 100 off 56 balls

There is something deeply satisfying and primal in my Australian DNA that loves seeing the English get belted around the park. The Ashes just means so much to so many people. Perhaps there is something to the fact that the English packaged up their convicts, charged with heineous crimes like stealing a load of bread and not paying enough taxes to the lord, and sent them off to the new penal colony - down under.

The halcyon days on the mid-2000’s are gone from an Australian perspective, so just enjoy the better times.