Adam Gilchrist to deliver Cowdrey lecture

March 31st, 2009 - 7:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, March 31 (IANS) Former Australian Test player Adam Gilchrist will add another feather to his cap as he is set to become the youngest to give the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s June 24.
Known for maintaining a clean image throughout his cricketing career, the 37-year-old former wicketkeeper-batsman, will deliver the Lecture, established in 2001 in memory of former England captain Colin Cowdrey.

Gilchrist was on the winning side in 73 of his 96 Tests, the last of which he played in 2008, and was a key member of the all-conquering Australia team which has dominated world cricket since the late 1990s.

“Few players - past or present - encapsulate the spirit of cricket better than Adam Gilchrist,” MCC president Derek Underwood was quoted as saying in Australian media.

“We are therefore delighted that Adam will deliver this year’s MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture.

“He always looked like he was having great fun when he played - from the way he’d slay bowlers to the boundary to his joyous celebrations when he took a catch or made a stumping. Though fiercely competitive, he epitomised the very essence of MCC’s spirit of cricket message by playing hard but fair.

Gilchrist’s penchant for ‘walking’ endeared him to traditionalists at a time when player behaviour towards umpires was seen to be in decline.

Although it is now 40 years since MCC, which owns Lord’s, ran English cricket, the club retains worldwide responsibility for the laws of the game. Previous Cowdrey lecturers include former Australia captain Richie Benaud and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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