No regrets for Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist insisted he had made the right decision to retire after playing his final day of Test cricket in Adelaide.
Last Updated: 28/01/08 12:50pm
Adam Gilchrist insisted he had no regrets about his decision to retire after playing his final day of Test cricket in Adelaide.
The wicketkeeper-batsman shocked the cricketing world when he made the announcement on Saturday, just 24 hours after breaking the world record for Test dismissals.
Although unable to finish on a winning note, Gilchrist - who captained the hosts on day five - did end his five-day career in the Baggy Green with a series win.
He admitted afterwards that he had attempted to speak to his team-mates during the tea interval before his emotions got the better of him.
"To walk away from something you love so much...it was a big decision but I know it was the right one," he said.
"I'm not one for regrets. I've realised this week how far reaching my cricket has been. I just appreciate everyone's sentiments. I've been quite stunned by the response.
"I tried to get a few words out to them (the team) at the tea break, because I figured that was the last time in a Test match I would be in the changing room with just the guys.
"It was very difficult. At the end of the day, that changing room is what it is all about."
Australia captain Ricky Ponting paid tribute to Gilchrist during the presentation ceremony, calling him a "once-in-a-generation player".
The 36-year-old finished his Test career with an average of 47.60 in 96 appearances which included 17 hundreds and 416 dismissals behind the stumps.
"He's a once-in-a-generation player," Ponting said.
"He's had the unique ability to change the course of a Test or a one-day game in half-an-hour or an hour, whether that be with the bat or with something special behind the stumps.
"I've not played with a guy who has shown as much passion about enjoying playing for Australia."
Gilchrist will bring the curtain down on his Australia career after the Commonwealth Bank one-day series, which is live on Sky Sports.