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Aussies won't stop attacking: Gilchrist

By Tom Wald 17/12/2003 06:26:19 PM Comments (0)

Trailblazing batsman Adam Gilchrist predicts Australia won't curb its ultra-aggressive approach in Test cricket, despite it backfiring against India in Adelaide.

The tourists set up Tuesday's stunning four-wicket second Test win by capitalising on some extravagant strokeplay from the home side in its second innings.

Gilchrist, one of the most destructive batsman in the world, said Australia had to improve its discipline rather than become more cautious following widespread criticism of its attacking style of play.

The all-conquering Australian side's quick scoring has turned it into a record-breaking unit under Steve Waugh but it has also contributed to losses in three of the past four Tests against India.

"I don't think we will change," Gilchrist said.

"We will win many more matches than we lose by being attacking, but we were disappointed by our lack of discipline in that second innings."

Australia must also face the prospect of its bowling stocks being further weakened with injury-prone quick Jason Gillespie in doubt for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne with a groin strain.

Outspoken former Test player and current Victorian coach David Hookes accused the Australians of being lazy and inflexible in their batting approach in their second innings in Adelaide, when they were rolled for 196.

"I think probably Australia got lazy, I know (coach) John (Buchanan) called it immature, it was a combination of immature (sic) and lazy and not used to being just 33 in front," said Hookes.

"They were not smart enough to react to the third innings, they went out to play their own game and were not aware of the situation."

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