Gilchrist snares Australian record
By Steve Spinks and AAP firstname.lastname@example.org LISMORE'S Stan and June Gilchrist kept a close eye on the Boxing Day cricket Test between Australia and India. And early on Saturday, they were rewarded.
Their son, Adam Gilchrist, claimed the Australian wicketkeeping record for the most Test dismissals when he caught opener Wasim Jaffer in India's second innings.
In India's first innings on Thursday, Gilchrist equalled former Australian 'keeper Ian Healy's record of 395 Test dismissals. But on Saturday, Gilchrist made the mark his own. He went on to claim eight dismissals for the match and finished the Test on 399, only seven dismissals behind world record holder Mark Boucher of South Africa.
"Yeah, we were watching in between looking after our grandchildren," chuckled Stan.
"It was particularly pleasing for us because it's a 'keeping record.
"Adam's had plenty of accolades for his batting so it's a special record for him because he's always said 'keeping is his first priority."
Stan and June are justifiably proud of their son's achievement.
Gilchrist snared the record in 93 Tests, 26 Test matches less than that of Healy.
"His dismissals per game are just remarkable but Adam made this comment and we've talked about it," Stan said. "He's certainly had a handy set of bowlers getting nicks and stumpings off."
Wicketkeeping from the express pace of Brett Lee to the mysteries of Shane Warne's leg-spin shows Gilchrist's versatility behind the stumps.
However, it's an area of his game where he has received regular criticism. Perhaps because he took over from Healy, who is acknowledged as Australia's greatest gloveman.
"I'm thrilled to achieve it. It's not something that I thought would happen," Gilchrist told AAP.
"You don't naturally feel your name belongs there alongside those names of (Rod) Marsh and Healy."
Gilchrist took eight catches with hot pink gloves during the Boxing Day Test as part of a fundraiser for the McGrath family cancer charity.
Each dismissal he took raised $18,000 which meant the McGrath foundation made $146,000 while Gilchrist snared the record.