Originally Posted by Jager
Gilchrist making it into an Australian AT XI upsets me somewhat - seems a keeper's batting is now well and truly more important than their glovework these days
I agree with you about the importance of keeping, but I disagree if you're inferring that Gilchrist wasn't a good keeper. Keeping to Warne would have been the most difficult wicket-keeping task in the last 30-40 years, and Gilly did a very clean and efficient job of it.
Gilchrist did drop some easy-ish catches late in his career, and to his credit he retired quickly, as he knew he was declining.
I think there is a certain element of golden nostalgia associated with guys like Tallon, who were probably very very good, but I can't think of any reason why they were any more effective as keepers than Gilchrist, other than their peers saying they were good.