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In focus: Gilchrist, Vettori & Tait Published: 18 February 2014

Kiwi star Daniel Vettori
Kiwi star Daniel Vettori

As three more names are announced for the Lord's Bicentenary celebration game on Saturday 5 July, Lords.org profiles the careers of the Antipodean stars who will take to the field in the MCC v Rest of the World match.

Adam Gilchrist

Australian legend Adam Gilchrist redefined the role of the wicket-keeper batsman, and is one of the most highly regarded cricketers of the modern era.

Whether as a hard-hitting opener in limited over matches, or as a destructive number seven in Tests, Gilchrist sets the standard by which every wicket-keeper aspires.

Making his Australia debut in 1996, Gilchrist replaced Ian Healy as first-choice gloveman, keeping the spot for over a decade.

Gilchrist was an integral part of the Australian team that dominated world cricket during the mid 2000s, coming in at number seven to either shore up any (rare) damage, or to grind the opposition into the dust with quick, relentless scoring.

In ODIs he acted as a bludgeoning opener, picking up three ICC World Cup titles, with a man of the match performance in 2007, making 149 against Sri Lanka.

Gilchrist was famed for his fair play, famously walking when given not out in the 1999 World Cup semi-final. He also delivered the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s in 2009.

Gilchrist also appeared at Lord’s for Middlesex in their T20 campaign in 2010, and he captained the county in their tour match at the Ground against the touring Australians.

Overall record:

Matches Runs Batting Av. High Score 100s
Tests 96 5570 47.60 204* 17
ODIs 287 9619 35.89 172 16
T20Is 13 272 22.66 48 0

At Lord's:

Matches Runs Batting Av. High Score 100s
Tests 2 126 42.00 90 0
ODIs 6 6 45.80 76* 0

Daniel Vettori

Daniel Vettori has been a key part of the New Zealand set-up since his debut in 1997, where he became the youngest Kiwi Test cricketer ever aged 19.

Equally as important with bat and ball, Vettori has six Test centuries, often batting down the order, to go alongside his 360 Test wickets, and is New Zealand’s highest ODI wicket taker of all time.

Vettori, 35, took over as New Zealand captain in 2007 following the retirement of Stephen Fleming, and led his country to the ICC World Cup semi-final in 2011.

He holds the record for the best ODI bowling figures at Lord’s, taking 5/30 against West Indies in the 2004 NatWest Series final.

He also took a five-wicket haul at Lord's in a 2008 Test against England, meaning he appears on the famous Honours Boards.

The all-rounder holds the record for the most number of runs scored by a number eight in Test cricket.

Overall record:

Matches Runs Bat Av. High Score 100s Wickets Bowling Av. Best Bowling
Tests 112 4516 30.10 140 6 360 34.42 7/87
ODIs 275 2110 17.29 83 0 284 31.50 5/7
T20Is 33 205 13.66 38 0 37 19.45 4/20

At Lord's:

Matches Runs Bat Av. High Score 100s Wickets Bowling Av. Best Bowling
Tests 3 109 27.25 54 0 9 28.11 5/69
ODIs 2 6 6.00 6 0 8 7.75 5/30


Shaun Tait

Australian quick Shaun Tait is one of the fastest bowlers in the world, and is a brutal bowler in the short forms of the game.

While his slingy action meaning that he has only been able to play three Tests, with his body unable to deal with the heavy workload, he has the reputation as one of the most fearsome fast bowlers in modern limited overs cricket.

Tait holds the record for the fastest ball ever recorded at Lord’s - 100.1mph (161.1km/h), bowled against England in 2010. Tait took 4/48 in that game, amongst the best ODI figures ever recorded at the Ground.

A late call-up to the 2007 ICC World Cup, Tait spearheaded Australia’s attack, finishing the tournament as the highest wicket taker and helping his team secure their third consecutive World Cup title.

Since retiring from ODI cricket in 2011, Tait travels around the world troubling batsmen wherever he goes, with T20 contracts in England, India, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.

Overall record:

Matches Wickets Bowling Av. Best Bowling
Tests 3 5 60.40 3/97
ODIs 35 62 23.56 4/39
T20Is 19 28 17.78 3/13

At Lord's:

Matches Wickets Bowling Av. Best Bowling
ODIs 1 4 12.00 4/48

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