The day at WACA was perfect : Gilchrist

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Sydney, Feb 16 (UNI) Adam Gilchrist who bid adieu to WACA cricket ground at Perth with a scintillating hundred feels it was the ''perfect'' day to take a bow at the world's fastest pitch.

The Aussie wicketkeeper had announced his retirement after the ongoing tri-series with India and Sri Lanka. His 118 led the kangaroos to a 63-run win over the Lankans and a bonus point to go to the top of the tally.

''It turned out to be a perfect day really,'' Gilchrist said after the match.

''Today was always going to be a big day. I was more nervous about it than any other day leading into here and I'm glad it's done and I'm thrilled with how it's gone. I must admit today that it really hit me that it's all finishing,'' he said.

The Wicketkeeper, however, said he was bit tense at the time when the bowlers were struggling but later it was only the bowlers who put them in the driving seat.

''A century in the last game and a win. That was really satisfying given we weren't sure what sort of total we needed to post. It was an interesting wicket. A bit tense there through our bowling period but the guys turned it on when we needed to.'' Gilchrist reached his 16th ODI ton and he thanked the teammates and the crowd for supporting him.

''That celebration, it felt like the guys I was batting with, the teammates, were willing me on to that 100,'' Gilchrist said.

''I wanted to repay them and say thanks to them, and thanks to the crowd, the people of Perth. I'm saying a lot of thanks around the country but today was a particularly special one ... a lot of emotion in there,'' he said.

''I felt I was so slow today but Punter sent out that directive and the wicket made for that style of innings. I wanted to start going harder at around 75 or 80 to try and up the tempo, which obviously brings risk, but the message came out to keep going,'' he added.


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