Gilchrist insists nothing sinister in his retirement

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Adelaide, Jan 27 (UNI) Referring to his retirement, Adam Gilchrist said there's nothing sinister in what he has done and he did not want any hype around the issue in order to focus on the Adelaide Test against India.

''There's nothing sinister or anything to hide,'' Gilchrist told Nine before the start of the fourth day.

''There's no reason why I'm not talking openly, but I can't wait till the end of the game to share it then.'' The left-handed wicket-keeper batsman in a sudden announcement after the second day's play of the fourth Test against India said he will retire from Test cricket.

He will also quit one-day international cricket after the upcoming Commonwealth series that features India and Sri Lanka.

He was thinking about the retirement and asked his parents on Friday to fly to Adelaide to see his last days Test cricket.

The most successful wicket-keeper in Test cricket has appealed to his fans ''hang with me for another day'' and after the Test he will discuss his decision and career in depth.

''It's just been unbelievable,'' he said. ''I want to say to the cricketing public- I just can't wait to focus on the Test and at the end I can't wait to share it with everyone,'' he said.

Meanwhile, former Australian wicket-keeper Ian Healy said Gilchrist's decisions did not come because he was pushed from the team, but the because he didn't have the energy to escape a "mini-glitch" in form.

''It hasn't forced the move, but I think it has made it very clear on what he should be doing,'' Healy said.

''It cleared everything in his mind. He decided 'that's it, I haven't got the energy to get myself back up out of this sort of mini-glitch'.

''He is not a thoughtful cricketer, he is a very natural cricketer. He is an instinctive cricketer and that had been dulled a little bit for him,'' he added.


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