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Retiring Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist does not believe Cricket Australia will attempt to block him from playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) once he calls time on a celebrated career.

Cricket boards around the world are hurriedly re-drawing individual contracts to accommodate the IPL and, in some cases, including clauses which ban players from joining the new competition until they have been retired for at least two years.

But Gilchrist is likely to be given an exemption after he plays his last game for Australia in the current Commonwealth Bank one-day series.

"As far as I know at the moment, Cricket Australia haven't given me any indication they wouldn't want me to part of that, but I'm not 100 per cent sure," said Gilchrist.

"We're just trying to confirm that. It (the IPL) is moving quickly and we're just trying to get a gauge of where it's at so we'll know more in the next few days.

"We're just trying to get a gauge on what the restrictions are."

The explosive wicketkeeper-batsman was adamant, though, that thoughts of the IPL were not distracting him or his team-mates from the upcoming clash with Sri Lanka at the SCG on Friday.

"That's (the future) not my main focus at the moment," Gilchrist added. "I've still got this cricket to get through - and (as for) other opportunities after I finish playing, I'll just address that once I finish.

"It's something to look at when the dust settles."

While Gilchrist's retirement tour will roll on, the rain has certainly rolled in over Queensland, with the first two Commonwealth Bank Series matches at the Gabba in Brisbane both abandoned in the second innings because of heavy downpours.

Australia, though, were 3-51 chasing India's rain-adjusted total of 141 when the weather ended the run chase last Sunday.

The match again highlighted the home side's recent problems in the field, with Mike Hussey and Ricky Ponting both putting down catches in the same over.

It continued a run of missed chances during the Test series against Sri Lanka and India.

An unconcerned Gilchrist said: "As long as cricket's played there are going to be dropped catches.

"Sometimes they come in little patches, little clumps, and at other times you go through many, many games without dropping one and no one writes a story about how great the cutting's been.

"It's expected and when you don't catch them it's glaringly obvious, particularly when you set the standards we set.

"All we can do is keep working hard at training and make sure we're as sharp as possible come game day."
 
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