Keen cricketers Lachlan, 10, Brodie, 7 and Jacob Graham, 13 of Goonellabah dropped in to play with Adam Gilchrist.
Keen cricketers Lachlan, 10, Brodie, 7 and Jacob Graham, 13 of Goonellabah dropped in to play with Adam Gilchrist. Cathy Adams

Legend leads locals

BEFORE a game of cricket with local kids at Southside Trucks in Lismore, retired cricket legend Adam Gilchrist told The Northern Star he supports Brett Lee's surprise decision to quit One Day International games.

On Friday, Mr Lee, 35, announced his retirement from the one-day competition but still expressed interest in playing Big Bash and Indian Premier League games.

Recognised as one of the fast- est bowlers ever, Mr Lee retired shortly after suffering a calf injury during a game in England last week.

"I think his body's probably telling him it's time," Mr Gilchrist said.

"He's 35 and fast bowlers put such strain and stress on their bodies, so he's done well to maintain his fitness and form as long as he has and to be good enough competing at that level."

On Friday, Mr Gilchrist spoke on the phone with his former team-mate, who revealed he had lost the hunger needed to compete.

"Once you don't have that desire, you'll get shown up, so it was probably a good call for him," Mr Gilchrist said.

"He's been an integral member of that team but he hasn't played Test cricket for a couple of years and he's in and out of the one day set up, so I think they're already in transition mode without Brett. But that's not to say he won't be missed."

On Saturday, Mr Gilchrist had some fast bowlers of his own to deal with as the former wicket-keeper-batsman played a game of cricket with about 20 local kids before signing bats, balls and having photos taken with them.



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