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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 August 2006, 08:01 GMT 09:01 UK
Gilchrist set to work on batting
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Adam Gilchrist averaged just 22.62 during the 2005 Ashes
Australia's Adam Gilchrist has quashed retirement talk and said he will spend much of the pre-Ashes build-up working to improve his batting technique.

Gilchrist's struggle with the bat during the last Ashes series in England was a key factor contributing to some under-par Australian performances.

But he will try to put all that right in the next series from November.

Gilchrist said: "I am looking forward to getting back out there against the likes of Andrew Flintoff."

All-rounder Flintoff, by bowling around the wicket at the often dominant left-hander, reaped plenty of success last summer when Gilchrist failed to reach 50 in any of his nine innings.

Gilchrist, 34, said: "I will go to my grave saying that my job is to keep wickets. The keeping has been really pleasing lately.

"I might have fallen short of my own standards with the bat, but I still am doing quite well compared to the other keepers over the course of history.

"That's not to say that I won't be working hard to get the batting right.

"My century recently [144 against Bangladesh in April] was one of my better ones, and has given me a lot of confidence.

"I want to enjoy the challenge of the Ashes series later this year."

Since making his debut in 1999, Gilchrist has not missed a Test.

He has scored 5,124 Test runs at 48.80 with 16 centuries in 100 Tests and is tied for third in all-time wicket-keeping dismissals with Rod Marsh on 355.

Injury permitting, he is keen to play on after the World Cup having earlier indicated he might consider calling it a day in mid-2007.

SEE ALSO
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