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Will Gilchrist’s retirement affect the mighty Aussies?
In a sensational development Adam Gilchrist, the Australian vice captain announced his retirement from world cricket last week. Since Ashes 2006-07 series, experienced stars Damien Martyn, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer have retired.
ADAM GILCHRIST announced his retiring from international cricket last week – the third day of the final and fourth Adelaide test match. Gilchrist’s decision to retire from cricket takes affect after the ensuing one-day triangular series against India and Sri Lanka. Since Australia’s 5-0 Ashes whitewash in 2006-07, Australia have lost experienced stars Damien Martyn, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer to international retirement and Gilchrist’s departure has robbed them of another stellar talent.
A few days ago Adam Gilchrist brushed aside rumours of retiring from International Cricket. Gilchrist told the media then that retirement was not currently on his mind. So obviously he’s given it some thought over the last two days. The vultures had already started circling after he dropped a couple of chances in this test series, but still it is too early for him to go. Anyway, it’s his decision and let’s respect it. Gilchrist has revolutionised the No seven role in the test arena and the opening slot in one-day cricket for Australia. Over the past couple of years Gilchrist has been worn down by the grind of international touring and has been desperate to spend more time with his wife Mel and their three children. He said "I am now ready and excited to move into the next phase of my life which will be of paramount importance including much more time with (wife) Mel, (children) Harrison, Annie and Archie."
Gilchrist made his test debut in 1999 and has played 96 Tests in succession, -- also a record. He has scored 5,556 runs at an average of 47.89, with 17 hundreds and has a highest score of 204 not out. He made his international debut in 1996 when he played the first of the 277 one-day internationals against South Africa. In one-day internationals, he scored 9297 runs at an average of 36.03, with 15 centuries and a highest score of 172. He was a star in the limited-overs game as an opening batsman, and played an important part in Australia’s World Cup triumphs in 1999, 2003 and last year in the Caribbean.
Gilchrist will be seen in Adelaide for last time when he comes out to bat in the ongoing test match. A large number of people can be expected tomorrow to bid adieu to their favourite ‘Gilly’. I would say without a doubt Adam Gilchrist is one of the reasons I came back to watching cricket after moving away from it years ago. His brand and style of playing cricket is like no other and is big, bold and exciting. He will be remembered as a legend in World Cricket.
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