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No worries for Gilchrist

Thumb injury will not stop Gilchrist says Aussie coach.

Gilchrist: Tough

Australia coach Tim Nielsen is confident even a possible broken thumb will not prevent Adam Gilchrist from playing in the remainder of the CB Series.

The retiring Australian wicketkeeper was struck on the thumb while taking a Stuart Clark delivery whilst stood up to the stumps.

Gilchrist managed to pay for the rest of the 50-run CB Series victory over India in Adelaide but he will need to go for X-rays to see the full extent of the damage.

The Australian camp are confident that Gilchrist will be able to play in the rest of the tournament, which will bring the curtain down on his superb international career.

Aussie coach Nielsen, himself a former first-class wicketkeeper, says t hat it would need to be an especially serious injury to stop Gilchrist from playing.

"I spoke to the physio this morning, it was a bit sore last night and we'll wait to see how he pulls up," Nielsen said.

"The thumb is not a brilliant one if it is busted, it was pleasing to see afterwards he was able to catch okay, he didn't seem to favour it too much, he got hit right on the 'drumstick' when it happened which can be a bit fleshy and get a bit bruised.

"Keepers are a pretty tough breed as well so he'll be right, hopefully over the next couple of days he'll have an X-ray that shows there's no fracture.

"You'd be a brave man to tell him he's not playing the rest of the series, so until we know more about it, unless it's pretty much chopped off, he'll be right."

Gilchrist has been given a rousing send-off by the Australian crowds across the country during the tournament, and he will be desperate not to let injury end his career slightly prematurely.