August 1, 2003

Gilchrist looks ahead to his days without ODIs

Wisden CricInfo staff

Adam Gilchrist has said that he subscribes to what he believes will be an increasing trend among international players to retire from one-day games to concentrate on Test cricket.

He told the Sydney Morning Herald today that while it would not be "in the foreseeable future", he could see a day when he may retire from ODIs and devote himself to Test cricket. The gruelling schedule of modern international cricket could result in more players looking to do the same sort of thing.

Gilchrist said starting a family tended to change the perspective of players and while he still enjoyed his cricket, he was juggling around in his mind what he wants to do in the future.

Gilchrist said that the usual time to think about such decisions - at the end of a tour, when "you're tired and worn out" - was not the right time. But he did see that the option would be used more and more in the future. "There's no hiding the fact that people are thinking that way and that's going to be part and parcel of it. There's some demand coming from somewhere for more and more cricket, so if that's the way cricket decides to go, that's going to be a spin-off effect."