Born in Sydney, Gallian captained Australia at under-19 level before qualifying to play for England in 1994.
That was midway through an eight-year spell at Lancashire, where his fine form at the top of the order earned him a call-up to the England Test side to face West Indies at Edgbaston in 1995.
However, he fractured a finger while batting and, though he featured in the final Test at The Oval and toured South Africa the following winter, he did not play again for his country after the third Test at Port Elizabeth.
Gallian hit 312 for Lancashire against Derbyshire in the County Championship at Old Trafford in 1996 - the highest score in the ground’s history - but left the county for Nottinghamshire in 1998.
He topped 1,000 runs in 2003 despite missing the last month of the season through injury, and, as captain, led Notts to promotion in the championship and totesport League the following year.
A spell at Essex followed, after which he announced his retirement at the end of the 2009 season.
He was awarded a benefit at Trent Bridge in 2005, when he stood down to make way for Stephen Fleming’s arrival as captain yet helped Notts win the championship thanks to a haul of 1,220 runs. He was twice run out for 199.
Gallian played in every championship match for Notts in 2007, scoring 867 runs, only to be released at the end of the season.
He joined Essex on a two-year deal and, although his first year at Chelmsford brought him a relatively disappointing 700 championship runs, he topped the county’s run-scoring charts on the way to glory in both the Friends Provident Trophy and NatWest Pro40 Division Two.
He announced he would retire at the end of the 2009 season.