Gilchrist claims Aussie 'keeping record in Test win

Published: Saturday, December 29, 2007, 15:35 [IST]
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Melbourne: Adam Gilchrist praised the quality of bowlers he has kept to as he became Australia's record-breaking wicketkeeper during his team's 337-run first Test win over India here.

The eight catches Gilly's pink gloves held in Australia's 337-run first Test win over India took the Australian wicketkeeper beyond Ian Healy's national record of 395 dismissals to go into the second Test in Sydney next week on 399.

Gilly going into the new year Test at SCG has 399 dismissals in his kitty.

And at $18,000 a pop, the catches raised $146,000 for the McGrath foundation cancer charity set up by former team-mate Glenn McGrath whose wife Jane suffered breast cancer.

Gilchrist needed International Cricket Council approval to wear pink for this Test in aid of the foundation, but it was the least he could do for McGrath.

"I'm just thrilled, really thrilled," he said after Saturday's play.

"It's not something I thought would happen. You don't naturally feel your name sits alongside those of (Australian greats) Rod Marsh and Ian Healy.

"To have done it in 93 Tests is a testament to the quality of fast bowling and spin bowling that I've had. I've had both bases covered there with the world's best."

During his eight years at the elite level, Gilchrist, who has amassed 5,478 runs, the most by a wicketkeeper, has stood behind the stumps to champion bowlers Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and the current crop headed by Brett Lee.

"You just reflect back on everyone who's supported you along the way, and if there's been detractors or knockers, it's even more satisfying -- and there's been a few of those," he said.

Gilchrist reflected on the challenges he has had along the way to claim Healy's record.

"I had to move states (New South Wales to Western Australia) in pursuit of a game for Australia, which you never think you're going to do.

"You grow up in a spot and call that home and that's where you think you'll always be, so that's a pretty big decision.

"Here and there, there have been tough moments. The 2005 Ashes in England, I didn't keep at all well through that series.

"In any job we do in this team we walk out in front of millions and millions either at the ground or on TV, and you put yourself in a scenario where you could fail, and fail is a pretty nasty word.

"We all go through those little waves of rolling emotions and hopefully, if you deal with it well, you'll come out on top."

South Africa's Mark Boucher, currently playing in the first Test against the West Indies in Port Elizabeth, holds the wicketkeeping record with 406 dismissals.


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