The great dope trick
Adam Gilchrist tells Chloe Sattlau that playing quality bowlers like McGrath and Shane Warne can have a mesmeric effect on the opposition.
We've all been to the subcontinent and been mesmerised by Murali [Muttiah Muralitharan] and Harbhajan [Singh] at various times, and until you break out of that it is a mesmerising feeling when you walk out there and you're almost guessing a little bit what to do, what to play at," Gilchrist said. "I guess you're just hoping you can survive that initial period and then get familiar with the surroundings. Bell wasn't able to do that. I don't know whether he's feeling that at the moment, but you'd have to think there has been some sort of mental stranglehold thrown on there initially."