Whiteman has the potential to become the next Gilchrist, says Ian Healy

"Sam's batting is probably right up there with Brad Haddin's and maybe even Gilly"

“Sam’s batting is probably right up there with Brad Haddin’s and maybe even Gilly”

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Former Australia wicketkeeper Ian Healy has announced that Western Australia wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman has the potential to become the next Adam Gilchrist.

Healy’s comments come after he gave Whiteman some advice on his technique behind the stumps.

“Sam’s batting is probably right up there with Brad Haddin’s and maybe even Gilly,” Healy said. “He’s 22 and he’s having good impact in Shield cricket and first-class cricket, so he might even be as good as Gilly. He’s going to have a lot of resemblance to Gilly being a high-gripping left-hander. So he’s got that covered by streets, now it’s just about getting consistency into his glovework. At 22, he’ll be around for a while.

“These things take time to sink in to your techniques and we are just working with his body weight and body height and side-ways power. He gets that down pat and very repeatable, then at 5.30 in an afternoon of wicketkeeping against the spinners, he doesn’t have to worry about his movements. It will happen. If he’s watching the ball and ready for it, his movement will happen. It’s just about making everything as natural as we can but very fit.

“With his talent, enthusiasm and the amount of performances he’s got already, he’s good. He’s a quality performer. He can be good but I haven’t seen enough of him at play. So it’s fine to do all these things and moving perfectly at practice but I really have to see more of Sam keep in a game, keep immediately after a mistake and keep in pressure situations. And just see how natural all the things we are working on are, and how ingrained they can become.”

Whiteman had an outstanding season in last year’s Sheffield Shield as he scored 687 runs at a brilliant average of 45.80 and dismissed 45 batsmen, which was the most out of all wicketkeepers during the tournament.

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