Former Australian player Adam Gilchrist shares his views on the Ashes.
Former Australian player Adam Gilchrist shares his views on the Ashes. DARREN ENGLAND

Keep control: Gilchrist enters sledging debate

CRICKET: Former Australian gloveman and expert sledger Adam Gilchrist is not blankly against on-field chatter, but he has urged both teams to move on from the "childish” banter and concentrate on the game.

During his illustrious career Gilchrist generally played hard but fair. He was fined for dissent towards an umpire three times but played in an era where stump microphones were present but not as central to the coverage as they are now.

"Probably a quiet word will do,” was Gilchrist's advice to the match referee following an escalation of tensions in the Adelaide Test.

"You don't need to overreact to this. It's not a good look and it feels like it's escalating to something that could really blow. Try to diffuse it now. Both teams have had their opportunity after all the build-up. They've had their chance to get their verbal volleys out there.

"Now just focus on the cricket.”

Gilchrist is in Adelaide commentating the cricket for BT Sport.

It was also the Adelaide Oval where Australia's finest ever wicketkeeper-batsman played the last of his 96 Tests almost 10 years ago, against India.

Australia's Steve Smith (left) and England's Stuart Broad have words in Adelaide.
Australia's Steve Smith (left) and England's Stuart Broad have words in Adelaide. Rick Rycroft

And despite not pulling on the Baggy Green since then, he was conscious of providing a balanced perspective on the pressures of playing in an Ashes series.

"I try to step back and put myself in the changerooms or out on the field as a player,” he said.

"I've probably done something similar over time but as an outsider looking in it probably looks a bit childish and unrequired. I understand the passion these guys have for representing their country and there is no bigger stage than the Ashes.”

Following play on day two, England's Australian coach Trevor Bayliss called for stump microphones to be turned down.

"I don't think that is necessarily a great thing for young kids at home watching,” Bayliss said.

"It adds to the spectacle when you hear playing the game.

"But I don't think anyone necessarily actually has to listen to what is being said.”

But Gilchrist disagreed with the former New South Wales coach.

"The stump microphone call is probably a little bit naive,” he said.

"They are there for good. People in their lounge rooms want to know. The players are professional and they have to be aware and conscious of that.”



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