Gilchrist denies retirement reports, will continue till next summer

Adelaide, Jan 23 (UNI) Australia's most successful wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist has denied reports that the Adelaide Test against India will be his last appearance in international cricket.

The left-hander said he still has some cricket left in him and did not rule out returning for another home summer.

''I have no intention of quitting and haven't given it any thought,'' Gilchrist was quoted as saying by the Sydney Daily Telegraph.

''I am really enjoying my cricket and I could be here next summer, there is no reason to think that this could be my last Test (in Australia),'' he added.

''I guess you always set out to enjoy it, but now it feels like we have got the opportunity to sit back and have some real fun.'' Australia has a packed 2008 calender with tours of Pakistan, the West Indies and India.

The 36-year-old, who has played 95 Tests for his country, stated that he would continue to play and make at least 100 Test appearances.

''Hopefully I can get there,'' he said.

''There is a lot of cricket but for me, for where I am at the moment in my career, I am really excited by it and looking forward to it,'' he added.

Meanwhile, national selection chairman Andrew Hilditch said he would discuss Gilchrist's long-term plans with the Western Australian during contract negotiations in April.

''He hasn't given any indication yet of retiring,'' Hilditch said.


Story first published: Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 20:06 [IST]
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