HOBART, Australia, Nov 17, 2007 (AFP) – Adam Gilchrist blazed his way to 100 Test sixes as Australia plundered Sri Lanka’s bowlers for another 500-plus innings declaration. Later he made a plea for the person in possession of the ball which brought up his 100th Test six at Bellerive Oval here Saturday to return it to him as a memento of his achievement.
Gilchrist claimed three sixes in his swashbuckling unbeaten knock of 67 to reach his century of sixes as the Australians powered to 542 for five declared after last week’s declaration of 551 for four in Brisbane.
Skipper Ricky Ponting called a halt and looked to his fast bowlers Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson to ram home the advantage.
Openers Marvan Atapattu (18) and Michael Vandort (12) survived 12 overs before bad light ended play for the day with the tourists on 30 without loss.
Gilchrist reached an unprecedented 100 Test sixes with panache by hoisting Muttiah Muralitharan for consecutive sixes.
The dynamic-hitting wicketkeeper, this week voted Australia’s greatest one-day cricketer, twice smacked the 703-Test wicket-taker over mid-wicket, the last one clearing the ground’s perimeter fencing and