By STEVE SPINKS
THE rollercoaster ride that has been the cricket career of Adam Gilchrist will end later this summer after the 36-year-old announced his impending retirement on Australia Day.
What a hell of a ride!
Tipped off about the announcement, the Gilchrist family, including Adam’s parents Stan and June who live in Lismore, congregated in Adelaide to watch the former Kadina High School student’s final days as an Australian Test cricketer.
“It’s fabulous news,” Stan Gilchrist told The Northern Star from the Adelaide Oval, where he was teaching his grand-daughters how to fill out a scoresheet.
“In every walk of life there comes a time when you get in that position (to retire).
“We’re all pretty happy down here.”
The only bad news was the fact that Adam’s brother Glenn is camping in North Queensland and has not been able to be contacted.
The family is planning a get-together once the Fourth Test against India finishes today.
Stan said he believes Adam’s legacy to the game is the way he revolutionised the wicketkeeper-batsman role, and the fair way in which he played the game.
“I think cricket has benefited from Adam,” Stan said proudly.
“When he was young he always said he wanted cricket to be different when he left.
“I think he achieved that.”