Thatscricket - News - Walsh tight-lipped about retirement

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Port of Spain: Veteran West Indies paceman Courtney Walsh kept the cricket world guessing over his retirement date after his six-wicket haul in the second Test against South Africa on Tuesday.Walsh, first to the 500 test wickets milestone on Monday, has not said when he plans to end his illustrious career - although he has been widely tipped to call it a day after the fifth Test in his Jamaica home in April.He hinted his last appearance could be closer after the fourth day when he said, ''I don't know if this is my last Test in the series, but it is my last Test in Trinidad.''The 38-year-old said his latest performance proved that cricketers could carry on longer than many people believed. He said former greats Viv Richards and Clive Lloyd had encouraged him to play as long as he could.''I think those two guys know something about the game and people in the Caribbean have a tendency to write you off when you get to a certain age. But it proves that once you look after yourself, you can go a bit longer.''Walsh, who carried the West Indian attack with Curtly Ambrose until his retirement last year, said the team's younger bowlers still needed more experience.''We have a lot of youngsters around and they still need experience so I'm happy to be out on the pitch competing.''Walsh said he had not slept much since making history on Monday. ''I'm hoping to get some tonight, it's now sinking in. I was keyed up and tense yesterday but I was more relaxed today and I'm happy I was able to get a five-wicket haul here.''We still have a Test match to win but I think come tomorrow when the game is finished it might get a little bit emotional, but I hope we have a victory to celebrate.''West Indies need precisely 200 to win on the final day with nine wickets in hand. ''I'm hoping we can take a disciplined approach tomorrow and get those runs,'' Walsh said. (c) Reuters Limited. Click here for Restrictions

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