Gilchrist wept on the field over sex gossip

Published: Saturday, October 25, 2003, 20:55 [IST]
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Perth: Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist cried on the field because he was so distraught over rumours of a sexual liaison between his wife and a teammate, the star says in a new book being serialised.

The rumour, published last year on a cricket website, Cricket 365, suggested that former Test opening batsman Michael Slater had had an affair with Gilchrist's wife Mel and questioned the paternity of the couple's child, Harrison, according to the book. It is being serialised in 'The West Australian' newspaper, for whom Gilchrist, 31, writes a regular column. Gilchrist says in the book 'Walking to Victory' that he was touring South Africa in February last year when he learned of the e mail posted on the website. "I felt sick in the stomach. It was the start of the toughest period in my life.

"Mel was at home with three-month-old Harry, so we couldn't even be there for each other. "Whatever I suffered, it was many times worse for Mel -- having her integrity abused like that when she is not even a public figure. Gilchrist said his emotional roller coaster ride came to a climax during the first test against South Africa in which he scored a double century. "On reaching my ton, I did not know whether to jump for joy or give a determined 'up yours' to the crowd and whomever it was who had started the rumour.

"In the end, I had no control over my reaction. I simply ran off the wicket, raised my bat to acknowledge the team and the support staff, felt the emotions bubble up and squatted with my head down. "It was the first time I remember crying on the cricket field." Gilchrist said he and his wife later sued the website, which quickly settled out of court. "It was such a ridiculous rumour that we should have been able to laugh it off, but when you're living it -- it cuts deep into your heart."

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