Gilly reveals reverse swing was like a curse in 2005 Ashes

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New Delhi, Nov 5 (UNI) Former Australian vice captain Adam Gilchrist feels that using reverse-swing, which had helped them against India in their successful 2004 tour, proved to be a 'curse' in the lost 2005 Ashes against England.

''The salient point in England is that not only could we not get it to reverse swing, we weren't game to try anything, we had this feeling of a curse on us,'' Gilchrist wrote in his autobiography 'True Colours'.

''Occasionally in a meeting someone would say, '... Let's just do it' but we'd say no: 'as soon as we start going down that line we'll get busted','' he said.

Gilchrist, however, said he discovered the mystery of England's reverse swing 18 months later during the 2006 Champions Trophy match in Jaipur when Troy Cooley, who assisted Michael Vaughan's men in the Ashes, was Australia's coach.

''We were playing England in Jaipur our first clash since the 2005 Ashes, and nervously saying: 'what are they going to do this time?' "Then, just before we warmed up, our bowling coach Troy Cooley said: 'Boys, today, eyes in the middle, no looking elsewhere.

Just worry about us'.

''I'll never forget that. It was like a boxing glove came out and smacked me in the head and said : 'You idiot. That's what you were doing for the best part of three months in England -- worrying about what the opponent is going to do'.

''It's no coincidence that Troy, a Tasmanian, had been England's bowling coach during the 2005 Ashes. They knew they had us worrying about them,'' he added.

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