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Boxing Day Test could’ve been Gilchrist’s last

Melbourne: On the verge of becoming Australia’s most successful Test wicketkeeper, Adam Gilchrist revealed that last year he had planned to retire after the Boxing Day Test against India but shelved the move indefinitely following a rejuvenating break.

Gilchrist said non-stop action took a toll on his 36-year-old body and he was considering making the series opener against India his swansong up until a year ago.

“This time last year I probably would have thought this one would be my last but I am just enjoying it.”

“It was very draining, I found. I don’t know if every other player felt that, but I certainly did. This time last year leading into Christmas I was as uncertain about my future as anyone,” he revealed.

“I’m just really enjoying my cricket, not carrying any big expectations or pressure that perhaps I’d built up on myself last year,” he said.

The stumper felt Shane Warne had valid reasons to call for the vice-captaincy to be handed over to Michael Clarke.

“I read Warnie’s comments with interest. He’s a guy who thinks a lot about cricket. He loves the game. I didn’t take any offence to what Warnie said,” Gilchrist said.

“I can see the foundation he’s based his comments on and certainly his intent is spot on in getting that young guy in there and letting him learn as much as he can for a time when he may assume that position (captain),” he added.

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