Stars' Cars: Adam Gilchrist
CRICKET fans know the legend that is Adam Gilchrist was renowned for being a walker, but in retirement this Australian batting and wicket-keeping giant needs a decent set of wheels too.
As his expert analysis and good humour return to our television screens with the Big Bash League this week, we asked Gilly about his motoring life past and present.
What was your first car?
It was a blue 1984 Ford Telstar named Eddie the Eagle. I bought it in 1990 with money I borrowed from my grandfather. It had eagle stickers on the side panels, hence the name.
What are you driving now, and what do you love and hate about it?
I am currently driving an Audi A5. I love everything about it except that it is difficult to fit a child seat in the back. Sports cars weren't made for children.
What car/s did your family have while you were growing up?
Kombis… much to my embarrassment. We had a succession of Kombi Vans. Light blue and orange, with a smiley face tyre cover on the front.
What is your greatest frustration on the road and why?
Former team-mate and Perth Scorchers coach Justin Langer. He is the worst driver in the world.
What's your favourite place in the world to drive?
South-west Western Australia. Around the Margaret River region. . It is very pleasant driving around there.
Do you have any preferred driving music?
Unfortunately the driving music is out of my control with four kids in the car. Usually the tune is the kids fighting about which music to play.
If you were to pick anyone in the world to go on a road trip, who would it be and why?
Daniel Ricciardo. I'd like to think it would be safe, if not quick, and I'm sure he would know the scenic routes around Monaco and the south of France. And he's a good bloke!
What is your dream car if money were no object?
A 1973 Kombi Van that I am currently close to finishing. I have outgrown the scars of my childhood to realise that they are cool.
Who: Adam Gilchrist.
Born: November 14, 1971, Bellingen, NSW.
Resume: The greatest wicket-keeper/batsman to ever play the game of cricket, "Gilly" made his first-class debut for New South Wales during the 1992-93 season, joined Western Australia for 1994-95, and began starring with the bat and topping the dismissals charts when behind the stumps. Made his One Day International debut against South Africa in 1996, was part of three World Cup winning teams (1999, 2003 and 2007) and career averaged 35.89, scoring 9619 runs and 15 centuries. His first Test match was against Pakistan in 1999, and went on to score 5570 runs at an average of 47.60 with 17 centuries. He was the first man to hit 100 sixes in Test cricket, only equalled this month by Brendon McCullum. Retired from international cricket in 2008, before his blazing batting talents were put to spectacular use in the Indian Premier League. Was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010, inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2012 and in 2013 the ICC Hall of Fame.
See him: As host and expert commentator on the Big Bash League on Channel 10 most evenings from now until January 24.