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Gilchrist calls for rest between series

January 07, 2004 22:00 IST

With the number of players joining the injury list increasing by the day, Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist called for more rest between two series to allow players to "get away and freshen up".

After the gruelling four-Test series, India and Australia are scheduled to take on the grind of one-day tri-series, also featuring Zimbabwe, with barely a gap of two days.

And Gilchrist, who has to take the double load of wicket keeping and opening the batting in one-dayers, said cricket authorities should consider giving the overworked teams some respite.

"It would be great for everyone if there was an opportunity to get away, have a spell and really freshen up because you always feel that you are not getting that chance.  And that is just not me but everyone," he said.

The injury blow to speedster Nathan Bracken apparently triggered off Gilchrist's plea for more rest.    

The left-arm seamer became the latest Aussie bowler to join the injury list following a strained muscle in his left hip. Brad Williams replaced him in the squad.

Gilchrist admitted of being "a little weary" after the intensity of the four-Test series against India and said he would play the first four matches of the one-day series before assessing his availability for the remainder of the series.

"Like everyone I am a little weary from the intensity of that Test series, we spent a lot of time in the field.

"I will play this first four and we will gauge it from there. But there is nothing physically wrong that would demand that I miss any games at the moment," he said.

The flamboyant batsman was hoping to rediscover his form in the tri-series after a string of poor scores in the Tests.

"Through no one's fault but my own I did not have a long hit in the Test series. So I have got an opportunity now at the top of the order to get out there and start afresh.

"It is hard to know how I am hitting the ball at the moment. I don't know if I am in-form or out of form."

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