Split shifts could attract Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist is contemplating something he never thought he would do - leaving one-day cricket to focus on Tests
Adam Gilchrist's days in coloured clothes may be numbered
Adam Gilchrist is contemplating something he never thought he would do - leaving one-day cricket to focus on Tests. The decision is not going to be made in the short-term - he is keen on playing both forms "for a while yet" - but the change from dismissing the idea to considering it is significant.
"I had never thought I would ever do that," Gilchrist said in the Courier-Mail about becoming a Test specialist. "Now after seeing the benefits some guys have got out of doing that - in particular Shane Warne - it may be something I would look at.
"It is not something I am looking at now. But where before I would have dismissed it, saying 'if I play I would want to play both forms', maybe in the future it is something I will consider. But at the moment I am excited about playing both forms of the game for a while yet."
Australia's schedule over the next 12 months is hectic with Test series against Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, West Indies and Bangladesh. Gilchrist is also nearing Ian Healy's Test wicketkeeping record - Mark Boucher will almost certainly pass the mark of 395 first - and needs another 15 dismissals to overtake his predecessor.
Gilchrist's international campaign begins with the Twenty20 World Championship, which starts for Australia on September 12, and he told the paper the tournament was here to stay. "It is such a great product," he said. "I have changed my mind on the game.
"I was a bit sceptical of it. I have no doubt this World Cup will be a serious event. Every team will want to try and win it."