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Gilchrist considering ODI retirement

The Australian stumper says continuing with Test career is his priority and he can overlook playing in one-dayers.

cricket Updated: Jun 01, 2007 13:46 IST

After maintaining for long that he would not give up any form of cricket, Australian stumper Adam Gilchrist now says the increasingly gruelling international schedule is forcing him to contemplate ODI retirement in order to prolong his Test career.

Gilchrist said the birth of his third child has also made him re-think his previous stand of continuing with all forms of the game.

"Up until the last 12 months, I had never been a guy to consider phasing out one form of the game and just focusing on one," Gilchrist was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald.

"But I am open to thinking about that now. I have been quite firm on playing both forms in the past, but I guess that things have changed a little," he added.

The World Cup star said continuing with his Test career was a priority for him and he was prepared to quit the shorter version of the game for this.

"When a few of the guys started retiring last year, it made me stop and reflect on where I was at personally. And, while the appetite is still very strong to keep playing, I've just noticed the hunger and the drive for Test cricket that guys like Warney and Justin Langer had when they didn't have one-day cricket to consider," he explained.