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Gilchrist gives Twenty20 thumbs-up

Adam Gilchrist gave Twenty20 cricket the thumbs up after Australia's semi-final loss to India at the World Championship - but admitted he was looking forward to getting back to the "proper cricket" of one-day internationals.

Australia fly to India on Tuesday for a seven-match limited-overs series - and one Twenty20 match - after an uncharacteristically inconsistent tournament in South Africa.

The one-day World Cup holders started with an embarrassing loss to Zimbabwe, posted crushing wins over England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and ended with a thrilling 15-run loss to India at Kingsmead.

"I never thought I'd say this about one-day cricket but I'm really looking forward to getting into some proper cricket," Gilchrist said.

"I've enjoyed this experience and I think it is a very real part of cricket now.

"I think it's going to have a great and positive impact on cricket, but that said we're now going into the 50-over version.

"We're a couple of players down but ... we have to pick ourselves up and try to make sure we're mentally ready to go.

"Andrew Symonds says if you get out in Twenty20 cricket it's not a train crash.

"The realistic part of that is we lost a semi-final in a tournament, but it's not the end of the world.

"We'll regather pretty quickly."

Gilchrist admitted earlier in the tournament that, the more he played the Twenty20 format, the less he enjoyed it.

As a viewer, though, he has warmed to the game. And he well understands its worth to the sport.

"We realise it's probably going to have a big impact on world cricket, this format," said the Australian vice-captain.

"I think it's very much a positive for the game. I've been wrestling back and forwards with it.

"Just on face value I do think it's going to add a lot to the game. I do think it's going to improve one-day cricket.

"It's going to create more interest in that game now."

After getting off to a flyer and running away with their third straight World Cup without losing a game in April, Australia's Twenty20 campaign never really took off.

A semi-final exit, in truth, was probably a fitting result after Australia arrived in South Africa vastly underdone following a four-month break and with three players - Ricky Ponting, Shane Watson and Stuart Clark - absent for much of the first week of preparations.

"It was a bit stuttery for us," Gilchrist said of the inaugural tournament, which also saw Australia hampered by hamstring injuries to Ponting, Watson and Michael Hussey.

"A bad start then win, then a loss then a win.

"We never really got into any great rhythm but that's probably to be expected from the break we had and the lack of preparation coming in."

source - theage.com.au
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