Adam Gilchrist is very clever!
A number of Australia’s senior players were understood to have agreed to the prank as a one-off on the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh, to hit broadcasters in the hip pocket.
Television executives do not take kindly to free on-air advertising, and it was a clever tactic of Gilchrist to name team sponsors.
He was overhead saying “Get one for the boys at Travelex” or “Phone home on 3 Mobile” during play.
But the most clearly audible plug was heard after Andrew Symonds, nicknamed Roy, fired in a throw.
“That’s the one, Roy,” Gilchrist enthused.
“Plenty of energy … from a … Milo energy bar.”
A Cricket Australia spokesman said the players had concerns over the volume of stump mikes.
“It is the second Test in a row that (Australia) team manager Steve Bernard has requested the International Cricket Council match referee to ensure the international protocol of stump mikes are turned down when the ball is dead, and only turned back up when the bowler is at his run-up,” he said.
That is a clever tactic by Gilchrist to force the hand of television broadcasters. It would be nice to think that what is said on the field is all good clean stuff, but sadly this is not so, and probably never was so. International Cricket has always been played at a fairly intense level.