Ashes 2013: Gilchrist urges selectors to keep the faith

Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist

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Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist believes team’s selectors should stick with current top order batsman ahead of the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford.

With the tourists already 2-0 down in the series following defeats to England at both Trent Bridge and Lord?s, much of the blame has been placed squarely on the upper order batsmans? shoulders.

On a decent batting wicket at Lord?s, the Baggy Greens could only manage 128 and 235 in their two innings, against an England bowling attack which is continuing to grow in confidence.

Gilchrist has admitted the batting performances from some players has been simply unacceptable but feels the current batsman in the starting XI should be given an opportunity to put things right in Manchester this week.

He said: “Probably a bit of stability and a bit of consistency is what’s required – and I suspect that’s what will happen.

“The batting line-up, I suspect, will stay the same and they’ll be given a chance to redeem themselves.

“They’ve just got to get into the game. There were plenty of positives from the first Test but the second Test was pretty demoralising for everyone.?

There has been talk of bringing David Warner back into the side following his suspension for taking a swing at England opener Joe Root before the start of the series in a Birmingham hotspot.

However, Gilchrist expects there to be no changes for the crucial match for the Aussies, which could see them lose the Ashes after just three games, if they lose at Old Trafford.

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