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PostSubject: Australian Test cricketer   Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:01 pm

Gilchrist made his Test match debut in the First Test against Pakistan at the Gabba in Brisbane in November 1999[72] becoming the 381st Australian Test cricketer.[73] He replaced Healy, who was dropped after a run of poor form, despite the incumbent’s entreaties to the selectors to allow him a farewell game in front of his home crowd.[74] Gilchrist’s entry into the Test arena coincided with a dramatic rise in Australia’s fortunes.[75] Up to this point, they had played eight Tests in 1999, winning and losing three.[76]

Gilchrist's icy reception at the Gabba did not faze him;[77] he took five catches, stumped Azhar Mahmood off Shane Warne's bowling and scored a rapid 81, mostly in partnership with ODI partner Waugh, in a match that Australia won comfortably by ten wickets.[72] In his second Test match he made an unbeaten 149 to help guide Australia to victory in a game that looked well beyond their reach.[78][79] Australia were struggling at 5/126 in pursuit of 369 for victory as he joined his Western Australian team-mate, Justin Langer, but the pair put on a record-breaking partnership of 238 to seal an Australian win.[78][79][80] Gilchrist continued his strong run throughout his debut Test season, and ended the summer with 485 runs at 69.28 in six matches, three each against Pakistan and India, adding two fifties against the latter.[19]



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