Melbourne: Australian cricket great Ian Chappell has welcomed the retirement decisions of Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath, saying it is always good to "get out a little early than a little late."

Chappell, leading batsman and Australian Test captain of the 1970s, said the timing was right for both Warne and McGrath to retire. ``I'm delighted for both of them that they are calling it a day at the end of this series,'' Chappell said.

``I think it's perfect timing for a champion player ... if you make a mistake it's best to get out a little early than a little late,'' he was quoted as saying by The Age.

National selector David Boon said the first he heard about the possible retirements was when journalists began inundating him with calls on Tuesday night.``I haven't heard anything official yet from Cricket Australia and people have been ringing me non-stop,'' Boon said. PTI

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