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Gilly knows ways to silence hostile crowds

Written by: Staff

Sydney, Feb 23 (UNI) The much anticipated hostile reception from the crowds in South Africa does not worry Aussie vice-captain Adam Gilchrist because the swashbuckling opener knows how to silence them.

''If you can hear each other speak in a one-day international, you know you're on top. That's obviously our goal, to keep knocking those guys over,'' he told the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

Gilchrist asked his teammates not to get affected by the charged up atmosphere during the series, which gets underway tomorrow in Johannesberg with a twenty20 match.

''It affects some in different ways than it does others,'' he said.

''You can't get over-sensitive with it, whether that's here or anywhere. Even in our own country, when we lost that first (VB Series) final in Adelaide we were getting absolutely hammered by our own crowds (with) serious abuse, so you've got to just put it in perspective and trust what you are doing is right,'' he added.

Meanwhile, South African Cricket Board's General Manager Brian Basson told the daily that extra security measures will be taken to prevent any untoward incident during the series.

Earlier, Proteas wicketkeeper Mark Boucher and fast bowler Andre Nel called on the crowds to abuse the visiting Oz team after the Graeme Smith led South Africans were racially abused by crowds Down Under.


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