Adam Gilchrist blames India for 2005 Ashes loss

This is the first time I am hearing it. Gilchrist says that the Indian tour prior to the 2005 Ashes tour was the reason behind Australia losing the Ashes.

"It had become very important to us prior to 2004, and I guess that's why we lost our focus a bit in the 2005 Ashes series. We were unable to realign our focus to the Ashes and were exposed badly."

Has anyone heard this earlier?


Blogger Straight Point said...

they also lost cb series to india coz of that naked streaker...

they lost the focus after that...

suddenly all of oz if after our shah to render him jobless...they are making him appear like he is innocent genius...

16/09/2008, 18:05  
Blogger Q said...

1st time I heard it.

16/09/2008, 18:17  
Blogger Ottayan said...


Should I appoint Gilly as my court jester? :)

16/09/2008, 18:31  
Blogger Ottayan said...

So it is news to you too, Q?

16/09/2008, 18:31  
Blogger Q said...

Yep, news to me too..

16/09/2008, 19:23  
Blogger Sumit said...

pity oz doesn't get exposed more often to those english conditions

16/09/2008, 19:40  
Blogger Ottayan said...

It is a damn shame, Sumit.:)

16/09/2008, 20:03  
Blogger Trideep said...

I see Gilli has developed a good sense of humour after he's retired

16/09/2008, 21:06  
Blogger Homer said...

Hadnt Hayden suggested that winning the India series in 2004 distracted the Australian side in 2005?

"For so long winning a Test series in India had been our focus. Australia had been there and failed so often over the years, and while we were winning Ashes series on a consistent basis, the mountain was there for us to climb in the sub-continent.

Overcoming that hurdle in 2004 was enormously satisfying, and much as happened to England after they reclaimed the Ashes, the series took a heavy toll on us all, physically and emotionally."



16/09/2008, 21:19  
Blogger Ottayan said...


From Homers comment I understand his comment has some basis.

16/09/2008, 21:36  
Blogger Ottayan said...


Thank you for clearing the haze. :)

16/09/2008, 21:37  
Blogger Trideep said...


It just means both Gili and Hayden have a lighter side to their characters.

16/09/2008, 21:38  
Blogger Naked Cricket said...

at least gilli spared vvs.

16/09/2008, 22:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

utter nonsens.

16/09/2008, 23:04  
Blogger A Bisht said...

No, I'm hearing it from you.

The comment is quite unusual of an Aussie.

16/09/2008, 23:31  
Blogger Ottayan said...


I doubt whether Hayden has any sense of humor.:)

17/09/2008, 04:58  
Blogger Ottayan said...


VVS would have been as good a reason as any.

17/09/2008, 05:00  
Blogger Ottayan said...


Absolutely. :)

17/09/2008, 05:01  
Blogger Ottayan said...


I think this is a teaser to his memoir.

17/09/2008, 05:03  
Blogger Ravindran said...

The fact is they got socked.

17/09/2008, 09:44  
Blogger Ottayan said...

As usual R, you have spoken the last word.

17/09/2008, 10:59  

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