Gilly blames CA for Aussie debacle

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Adam Gilchrist has blamed Cricket Australia for the World Champions' recent slump in one-day form, saying that the team's losing streak and injury woes were a result of tired players being forced to perform in crammed schedules.

The Aussie vice-captain said the officials should not have included the three-match Chappell-Hadlee series against New Zealand in the pre-World Cup schedule and should have allowed the players to go back home and spend time with their families.

Gilchrist, who has been rested from the series, said the team would have benefitted from the break just before the big event at the Caribbean next month.

''I am going to be brutally honest here and say I don't think too many people wanted it on at all,'' Gilchrist told Fox Sports.

''If you had to be really specific about the Australian cricket team, we probably didn't need this series at the moment and it would have been nice to have that little bit of time for everyone to be at home freshening up and getting ready for the World Cup,'' he added.

The swashbuckling wicket-keeper said the Aussies have been playing almost non-stop cricket and the ODI loss to England should have been enough indication that his World Champion side needed a break.

Gilchrist felt playing cricket for the sake of earning some extra money would eventually end up harming the players.

''We have had a very hectic summer. We had a brilliant summer in Test cricket. We fell away in the one-day series and that was very disappointing. New Zealand were obviously very keen to play this series because it's in their country. They are getting three bumper crowds, they are getting the gate receipts and the TV and all that,'' he said.

Meanwhile, Gilchrist's outburst has been met with a guarded response from CA, which has ruled out any disciplinary action against the vice-captain.

CA public affairs manager Peter Young said, ''He has got a view.

It's not what we share. If that's the case, we are going to have to agree to disagree.''


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