October 25, 1996
Badly begun is half done
Makes his ODI debut at the age of 24. Scores 18 batting at No. 7, and grabs two catches in the loss to South Africa in Faridabad
April 5, 1997
Move up, move right
Replaces the struggling captain Mark Taylor as a specialist batsman during the ODI tour of South Africa. Shows the first glimpse at international level of his batting potential, striking 77 from 88 balls in Durban
January 23, 1998
Opening with an open mind
Is promoted by Steve Waugh to open the batting in the one-day team, and in just his second match in the new role strikes 100 from 104 deliveries to guide Australia to a comfortable win over South Africa at the SCG
February 7, 1999
Cracks 154 from 129 deliveries in an ODI against Sri Lanka in Melbourne
. It is, at the time, the highest score by an Australian in a one-day international.
November 5, 1999
Hello, big time
Makes his Test debut at the Gabba
, the home ground of his predecessor Ian Healy. Wins over the crowd with 81 from 88 balls, as well as five catches and a stumping. His first dismissal is Mohammad Wasim, caught off Damien Fleming.
November 21-22, 1999
What Australia had been missing
In only his second Test he is part of one of the most remarkable come-from-behind Test victories. At Bellerive Oval
, Australia fall to 5 for 126 chasing 369 to beat Pakistan, when Gilchrist and Justin Langer combine for a 238-run stand to win the match. Gilchrist's contribution is 149 not out from 163 balls.
March 31 - April 3, 2000
Collects five dismissals in a Test innings for the first time, then follows with another five in the second innings. His 10 catches against New Zealand in Hamilton
make him one of only three men - and the only Australian - to pouch at least 10 chances in a Test.
December 15, 2000
Is handed the captaincy in just his 12th Test after Steve Waugh is ruled out through injury. Leads Australia to a five-wicket win against West Indies in Adelaide
February 28, 2001
Match-winner in Mumbai
Turns another match on its head with Australia at 99 for 5 against India in Mumbai
. Gilchrist's 122 from 112 balls - the second fifty off 29 deliveries - helps set up a 10-wicket win.
August 26, 2001
Stumps Darren Gough off Shane Warne at The Oval
to register his 100th Test dismissal, in his 22nd match.
February 22-23, 2002
Wonderful at Wanderers
Posts his highest Test score as Australia maul South Africa by an innings and 360 runs in Johannesburg
. Gilchrist's unbeaten 204 comes at almost a run a ball and features eight sixes, and Wisden
says: "Gilchrist was playing with them like a cat keeping a half-dead mouse alive for entertainment". Belts another century in Cape Town and finishes the series with 473 runs at 157.66.
October 17, 2003
From 100 to 200 in 25 Tests
Becomes the third Australian wicketkeeper to reach 200 Test dismissals. Achieves the milestone by catching Tatenda Taibu off Brad Hogg at the SCG
January 16, 2004
Hammers 172 from 126 balls against Zimbabwe in a one-dayer at Bellerive Oval
. It remains his highest ODI score.
March 17, 2004
Crisis calls, Gilchrist answers
Helps Australia recover from what appears a losing position to beat Sri Lanka in Kandy
. Bats at No. 3 in the second innings - Australia have made 120 in their first - and puts on a 200-run partnership with Damien Martyn. Makes 144 and Australia win by 27 runs.
Finally, the final frontier
Captains Australia to their first series win in India for 35 years, guiding them through their first three Tests as they take an unassailable 2-0 lead.
January 4, 2005
There's always Pakistan
Belts Pakistan into oblivion once again, hammering a century from 109 balls in Sydney
. Gilchrist brings up the milestone with a straight six off Shahid Afridi and finishes with 113.
February 19, 2005
st Gilchrist b McGrath
Effects the only wicket that Glenn McGrath ever wants to disown, by stumping Craig McMillan while standing up to the stumps to McGrath in an ODI in Wellington
. It is the first stumping off McGrath in any senior match, and it comes off a delivery timed at 136kph.
Hammers 162 from 146 balls against New Zealand in Wellington
. It is his third century in consecutive innings, making him the first Australian batsman since Don Bradman in 1947-48 to achieve the feat.
Down in Ashes
Australia lose the Ashes in England and Gilchrist has a poor tour, with only 19 victims from the five Tests. He later singles out the Old Trafford Test
as the lowest point. He drops Michael Vaughan on 41, who goes on to make 166, and misses two simple stumping chances off Shane Warne.
October 7, 2005
Makes a mockery of the ICC World XI with 103 from 79 balls at Melbourne's Docklands Stadium
. Achieves the feat against an attack boasting Muttiah Muralitharan, Daniel Vettori, Shaun Pollock, Andrew Flintoff and Shoaib Akhtar. Is eventually dismissed by Virender Sehwag.
April 10-11, 2006
Crisis calls again
Saves Australia from potential embarrassment against Bangladesh in Fatullah
. After Bangladesh make 427, Australia stumble to 93 for 6. Combines with the bowlers beautifully, and manages 144 to get his team back in the match. The bowlers and Ricky Ponting secure the win.
November 24, 2006
No. 2 in Australia
Passes Rod Marsh's mark of 355 Test victims when he catches Paul Collingwood off Stuart Clark in the opening Ashes Test at the Gabba
December 16, 2006
Endgame for England
Destroys England with the second-fastest Test century in history, taking 57 balls and falling one delivery short of Viv Richards's record. Achieves the feat at his home ground at the WACA
and thrills the crowd as he bashes his second fifty in 17 balls. Deals with Monty Panesar especially harshly, taking 24 from one memorable over. With the win in the Test, Australia win back the Ashes.
April 28, 2007
Sri Lanka squashed
In a breathtaking innings of clean hitting and bravado, strikes 149 from 104 deliveries in the World Cup final as Australia beat Sri Lanka in Bridgetown
. Is named Man of the Match, and later reveals part of his success was due to using a squash ball inside his glove.
November 17, 2007
100 X 6
Becomes the first man to strike 100 sixes in Test cricket, when he slog-sweeps Muttiah Muralitharan out of Bellerive Oval. The ball disappears and after numerous pleas
for its return it is tracked down to Melbourne and given back to Gilchrist.
December 27, 2007
Healy on his heels
Takes a regulation outside edge from Wasim Jaffer off Brett Lee to register his 396th Test victim. The catch at the MCG
moves him past Ian Healy to become Australia's leading wicketkeeper in terms of dismissals.
January 4, 2008
Catching up with Boucher
Becomes the second wicketkeeper to reach 400 Test dismissals when he catches MS Dhoni off Brett Lee in Sydney
January 25, 2008
Takes a regulation outside edge to remove Anil Kumble off Mitchell Johnson's bowling in Adelaide
. The catch takes Gilchrist to 414 Test victims and he passes Mark Boucher to become the world-record holder for most wicketkeeping dismissals. He achieves the milestone in his 96th Test.
January 26, 2008
When people ask why, not when
Announces his retirement from all forms of cricket, effective from the end of the CB Series.
February 15, 2008
One for the home ground
Scores 118 against Sri Lanka, his 16th and last ODI hundred as he bids farewell to the WACA.
February 29, 2008
One for the road
Blitzes 83 off 50 balls in his last appearance at the MCG
, but his knock proves to be in vain as Australia succumb to a 13-run loss.
March 4, 2008
Not the best farewell
Gilchrist bows out quietly when he scores just two runs in Australia's nine-run loss to India in the second final of the CB Series at the Gabba.