Australia v West Indies 2009-10

Gayle knows he's Bollinger's bunny

Cricinfo staff

February 9, 2010

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Doug Bollinger appeals successfully for Chris Gayle's wicket, Australia v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Adelaide, 9 February, 2010
Chris Gayle falls lbw to his nemesis in Adelaide © Getty Images

Chris Gayle has been dismissed four times by Doug Bollinger this season and admits the left-arm fast man has his number. Gayle, the West Indies captain, didn't know who Bollinger was before the second Test in December, but has learned quickly and is still trying to find a way to deal with him.

Gayle was lbw first ball in Adelaide on Tuesday as Australia raced to a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. "He has my measure, definitely," Gayle said in the Advertiser. "There is no doubt about that."

Despite his troubles, Gayle is looking forward to his next contest with Bollinger at the SCG in the third match on Friday. "These things are good for the game," he said. "Hopefully we can get a good start in Sydney and we don't expose our middle order again."

The Australians have talked about cramping Gayle for room and the move has been successful, with the batsman scoring seven runs in the opening two fixtures. Bollinger's plan in Adelaide revolved around bowling as straight as possible.

"It was great to get Chris Gayle again," Bollinger said. "If he wants to be my bunny he can. I'll be happy to get him again."

The West Indians currently need much more than a firing Gayle if they are to overcome the Australians in any of the final three matches. Interest in the series is dwindling and only 8358 spectators turned up in Adelaide in a record low attendance there for an ODI.

"We can still win 3-2," Gayle said. "If we can get to 2-1, we can get things happening for us. We need to make it more interesting so you can get some more ticket sales."

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