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Former wicketkeeper-batsman for Australia, Adam Gilchrist conceded 500 runs are not that far that a team could score in the One-day International (ODI) format. Gilchrist considers many factors while maintaining the record will happen.
Meanwhile, the veteran cricketer Gilchrist, who recently took a dig at England’s World Cup hopes, further claimed Australia will retain the title.
The prolific striker of the ball Gilchrist reiterated the Twenty20 cricket has made the game more inclined toward the batsmen. He added the restrictions in the field, and powerplay overs have further made things pretty easier for the batting-heavy side.
Australia to mount 500 runs at the ICC World Cup?
So, on these bases, he expects the fans are going to witness some high scoring matches during the impending World Cup.
“I reckon it will definitely happen. The effects T20 cricket is having on batsmen’s approach in this day and age. The varying field restrictions and powerplays, it’s all in the batsmen’s favour in that regard. So, I would expect there will be some really high scoring,” Gilchrist told Foxsports.
Gilchrist has himself served Australia since 1996 in 287 ODIs. He has slammed 9619 runs at an average of 35.9. He has 16 tons and 55 half-centuries to his name.
Interestingly, going by the recently-concluded five-match ODI series between England and Pakistan, the outfields were lightning fast with ground relatively on the shorter sides.
England’s record will be broken: Adam Gilchrist:
The 47-year-old Gilchrist also cited the same reasons to defend his statement of high scoring matches. He remarked if Australia will play with the strong playing XI in a bid to gain the confidence, then the score is possible for the Kangaroos.
“Some of the ground sizes over there with fast outfields. And there’s every potential that the record score England set against Australia will be broken. If Australia gets themselves into the tournament with a settled line-up. And get the confidence levels up, there’s no reason why they can’t do it,” Gilchrist concluded.
England had set the record of highest team score when they slammed staggering 481 for six against Australia. The astounding score came on June 19, 2018, at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
However, However, Australia’s highest team score of 434 for four came on March 12, 2006, at Johannesburg against South Africa.
Meanwhile, the twelfth edition of the World Cup will get underway in London on May 30. Hosts England will play Faf du Plessis‘ South Africa in the tournament opener.