Healy believes Gilchrist a victim of his own high standards

Adelaide, Jan 25 (UNI) Former Australia wicket-keeper Ian Healy believes his successor Adam Gilchrist is good enough to get back to the high standards he has set for himself but the Aussie vice-captain is running out of time as well.

Gilchrist, 36, equalled Mark Boucher's world record of 413 dismissals with the catch of Harbhajan Singh on the second day of the fourth Test at Adelaide.

The left-handed batsman hasn't had a great series behind the stumps and with the bat too.

In Sydney, he spilled a simple chance down the leg side to give Rahul Dravid a life, grassed an opportunity low to his right and allowed VVS Laxman to complete his century.

In Adelaide too, he dropped a sitter from VVS Laxman on the first day itself.

However, in Melbourne he had been sharper and passed Healy's Australian record of 395 dismissals.

Healy said Gilchrist does have an extra worldoad as he opens the innings in ODIs and is expected to score heavily down the order in Tests but age can not be an excuse for the keeper who has played 96 consecutive Tests.

''He's set the benchmark, we all know what his standards are,'' Healy said while speaking to Star Cricket today.

''We shouldn't be adjusting our standards to cope with a player that might be ageing.

''He's got to get back to his standards and he knows that.

He's good enough to maintain and get back to those standards, no question - he can do it tomorrow maybe, he's done all right today - but he's got to do it quickly,'' he added.

Gilchrist has had a mixed summer behind the stumps, and his batting average in the past three years is 30.67 - well below his career average of 47.9.

Healy believes Adam Gilchrist is a victim of his own high standards and is expected to take catches and score runs but if he doesn't do that, he comes under criticism.

''The frustrating thing for him is that it's a long way back, because you're only judged on your mistakes,'' Healy said.

''He could have a perfect game and catch everything that comes his way, and everyone says 'you're expected to do that'.

''He's got to somehow take some specky catches so that people notice him in a positive sense - so it's a hard thing to do - and not put another one down.'' UNI XC RAR SSC1131

Story first published: Friday, January 25, 2008, 13:18 [IST]
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