Proteas

Gilchrist reveals the Protea who was fun to rattle

Adam Gilchrist (AFP)
Adam Gilchrist (AFP)

Cape Town - Legendary former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist has recalled one superstitious South African cricketer his rivals used to poke fun at.

Gilchrist, 45, played in a dominating era of Australian cricket and the team was also renowned for its sledging of opposing batsmen.

Gilchrist, who played 96 Tests and 287 ODIs for Australia, was this week asked which player he liked to get out of his comfort zone.

"I don't know if he was the easiest player to rattle but I think Neil McKenzie from South Africa was one," Gilchrist was quoted as saying on the cricket.com.au website.

"We all knew that he had a whole lot of superstitions and routines that he had to go through. I was told quite early that he hated stepping on the crease lines or any lines, where you mark centre, he just had this phobia of lines.

"So I just often spent a lot of time scratching lines in the crease line and in and around where he had to stand. That was always a bit of fun just to try and see how that affected him, but he was a good player."

McKenzie, who is currently the Proteas’ batting coach, played 58 Tests, scoring 3 253 runs at an average of 37.39.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
loading... Live
South Africa Women 142/4
Pakistan Women 0
loading... Live
Bangladesh 54/1
West Indies 122/10
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
41% - 11359 votes
Cricket
12% - 3263 votes
Football
19% - 5113 votes
Athletics
2% - 683 votes
Boxing
1% - 268 votes
Cycling
2% - 635 votes
Golf
5% - 1404 votes
Motorsport
8% - 2325 votes
Tennis
3% - 917 votes
Water sports
1% - 244 votes
American sports
1% - 333 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 892 votes
Vote