WC 2003 - The talking point: Will Gilchrist walk on?
Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2003, 22:36 [IST]
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Ponting won't urge teammates to do a 'Gilchrist'
Sydney: Adam Gilchrist may have set a tough precedent for himself by walking in the World Cup cricket semi-final against Sri Lanka, leading coach Steve Rixon warned here on Wednesday."There's no point walking for an incident if you're not going to walk for the next one," said Rixon, the coach of Sheffield Shield champions New South Wales."It's a fine sporting gesture and I have absolutely no problem with him doing it, but he may have put himself in a position where he may have to do it again."There has to be consistency over it."Australian captain Ricky Ponting said after the incident that he would not encourage his players to walk.Rixon said the concept of walking had been eroded in recent years by technology."The time for walking in the game is long passed," he said."I think most batsmen stay there now that there are cameras in place."Former Test bowler Paul Rieffel, now an umpire, said he didn't think Gilchrist's gesture would lead to a new trend."I know when I played, I never did (walked). I always liked the umpire to give me out."Every player has got to make his own decisions and Gilly made his, obviously."The government-backed Australian Sports Commission (ASC) praised Gilchrist, saying he showed a great example of fair play."Those who criticise Adam Gilchrist's decision to walk ... fail to understand the basic principle of being a good sport," said ASC chief executive Mark Peters."Such behaviour is vital for the integrity of our sporting system."Peters said it was good to see such conduct in such a pressurised atmosphere as a World Cup semi-final.