KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Australians Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Tait, and New Zealander Daniel Vettori have been announced as the latest names to play in the MCC v Rest of the World match at Lord’s on Saturday 5 July.
They join a growing list of stars who will be playing in the match celebrating the Bicentenary of the current Lord’s Ground.
Legendary wicket-keeper Gilchrist will be reunited with former Australian teammate Shane Warne in the Rest of the World line up, which Warne will captain.
MCC will be captained by Sachin Tendulkar, and the side will also include Rahul Dravid and new England assistant coach Paul Collingwood.
Fast-bowler Tait and all-rounder Vettori join Indians Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag as confirmed names for the match, alongside West Indian talisman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
The MCC XI will be managed by MCC President Mike Gatting and the Rest of the World XI will be managed by ex-South Africa all-rounder and MCC World Cricket committee member Shaun Pollock.
Gilchrist, who played two Tests and six One Day Internationals at Lord’s, averaged over 40 at the Home of Cricket during a career in which he took over 900 dismissals in 396 international matches.
He was awarded Honorary Life Membership of MCC in 2012 and also delivered the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s in 2009.
New Zealander Vettori, appears on the Lord’s Honours Board after taking 5-69 against England in 2008. He also holds the record for the best figures in a One Day International at Lord’s after taking 5-30 against West Indies in 2004.
There is something very special about Lord’s and MCC and I can’t wait to be back to celebrate such a special event with this fantastic club
Tait’s will be only his second appearance at Lord’s. His first was a Man of the Match performance in the final One Day International of the 2010 Natwest Series against England when he took 4-48 in 42-run win for Australia. During this match he bowled the fastest ball ever recorded at Lord's - 100.1mph.
Gilchrist said: “I’m privileged to have been asked to play in this match on such an exciting occasion. Lord’s is a wonderful place to play cricket and I’m really looking forward to helping celebrate its bicentenary in this match. There are going to be a lot of familiar faces around and it’ll be a lot of fun to play alongside a couple of old teammates too.
"There is something very special about Lord’s and MCC and I can’t wait to be back to celebrate such a special event with this fantastic club.”
MCC President Gatting added: “The teams for this match are really taking shape now, and everyone both inside and outside MCC is really looking forward to Saturday 5th July. The prospect of watching Gilchrist keeping to Warne again is one that’s sure to whet the appetite of any cricket fan, and the talent on show at this match will be fitting of the occasion.
“It’s testament to the standing MCC has around the cricketing world that players like Adam, Shaun and Daniel want to come and celebrate the bicentenary of the current Lord’s Ground with the club, and there are more big names to come.”
The MCC v Rest of the World women’s match takes place on Monday 19 May and will feature England captain Charlotte Edwards, England’s all-time leading run scorer Claire Taylor and a host of international stars from the women’s game. Full line-ups will be announced shortly.