Adam Gilchrist will return to play cricket Down Under — against Australia.
The damaging batsman is a confirmed starter for a team of returning greats that will take on a full-strength Australian XI in a Twenty20 All-Star clash at Brisbane next month.
Gilchrist will headline the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) All-Stars against the Australian XI at the Gabba on November 14.
But Cricket Australia is tight-lipped on the rest of the All-Stars line-up, saying all would be revealed in the coming weeks. However, it’s expected recently retired duo Glenn McGrath and Darren Lehmann, who is ACA president, will be available.
Gilchrist will return to the ground where he officially played his last game for Australia — a one-day finals loss to India in March.
At the time Gilchrist retired from all cricket besides the Indian Premier League.
But the All-Star clash gives Gilchrist another chance to shine Down Under.
“Adam Gilchrist, will play as part of the ACA All-Stars, a team selected by their peers at the end of last season,” a CA spokesman said today.
“They will be up against a full-strength Australian XI.
“The teams, including returning icon players, will be announced by both Cricket Australia and the ACA in the coming weeks.”
The Twenty20 showdown kick-starts a huge week in Brisbane.
Apart from the star-studded match, a cricket fan day will be held at Allan Border Field on November 16 featuring clinics, player appearances and a Twenty20 game between an ACA Masters and an All-Star Indigenous XI.
It is all part of the build-up before Australia’s first Test clash against New Zealand at the Gabba, starting on November 20.
Australia’s second and final Test against New Zealand will be held from November 28 at Adelaide.
Australia also plays a three-Test series against South Africa this summer.