Adam Gilchrist announces retirement

Australia vice captain Adam Gilchrist announced his retirement from cricket during the fourth Test against India on Saturday.

updated: January 28, 2008 15:38 IST
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Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist will retire from Test cricket at the conclusion of the current fourth Test against India and from limited-overs internationals at the end of the domestic season.

Gilchrist, 36, on Friday became the world record holder for most Test dismissals by a wicketkeeper when he picked up his 414th career dismissal at the Adelaide Oval to move past South Africa's Mark Boucher.

The West Australia gloveman made his Test debut in 1999 and has played 96 Tests in succession, also a record.

"It is with great pride and happiness that I make the decision to retire from Test and one-day cricket," Gilchrist said in a statement Saturday.

"I have come to this decision after much thought and discussion with those important to me."

Gilchrist helped revolutionize the Test game as an attacking batsman from No. 7 and scored 5,556 runs at 47.89, with a highest score of 204 not out.

He scored 17 Test centuries.

Gilchrist also captained Australia in five Tests, in the absence of Steve Waugh and then Ricky Ponting, for a record of three wins, one loss and one draw.

He made his first-class debut in 1992-93 for New South Wales but established himself when he crossed the country and played for Western Australia. He made his international debut in 1996 when he played the first of 277 one-day internationals.

He was a star in the limited-overs game as an opening batsman, and played a part in Australia's World Cup triumphs in 1999, 2003 and last year in the Caribbean.

In one-day internationals he has scored 9,297 runs at an average of 36.03, with 15 centuries and a highest score of 172, and he took a total of 454 dismissals.

Despite breaking the Test 'keeping record, he has endured his struggles this summer through several costly dropped catches. However he has maintained he would always leave the game on his own terms.

Gilchrist's position is likely to be taken by New South Wales wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, his recent understudy