West Indies in England 2012 May 22, 2012

Pietersen wants Gayle return

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Kevin Pietersen has said it would be "brilliant for the game" if West Indies recalled Chris Gayle for the remainder of the Test series against England.

Gayle has not played Test cricket since December 2010 following a much documented fall out with the WICB. But, with both sides having moved to patch up some of their differences and Gayle's involvement with the 2012 IPL season now over - his team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, have been eliminated despite Gayle being the leading run-scorer in the round-robin stages - it has raised the possibility that he could be recalled to the Test squad although Darren Sammy was cagey on the matter.

West Indies, suffering from some brittle top-order batting and a lack of depth in their bowling, lost the first Test at Lord's by five wickets. Gayle, with more than 6,000 Test runs and over 70 Test wickets, could strengthen both departments.

"It will be brilliant for the game if he comes back to play this Test match," Pietersen said. "He is an entertainer. People want to watch entertainers. They don't want to watch people blocking the ball. They want to watch entertainers. He is one of those people that people will pay their money to watch him play and if he comes back that could be brilliant for the series. He is a superstar and he is one of my real good mates in cricket. I love the way he plays."

From an England viewpoint, Pietersen expressed his delight in Andrew Strauss' return to form. Strauss made his first Test century since November 2010 at Lord's though Pietersen insisted he never doubted the England captain.

"The wheel was going to turn at some point and it turned at Lord's," Pietersen said at a Chance to Shine event. "It's brilliant for English cricket. I have been through a period where I didn't score a hundred for a while. It just turns and since then I have scored I don't know how many hundreds. Strauss is a fantastic guy and I was more happy for him scoring that hundred than I have been for any other team-mate when they have scored a hundred. I loved the fact that he did that.

"Somebody's going to get it from the media at one stage in the month or the year. That's just what happens in our job. So long as you just accept that and understand that and concentrate on the ball as a batter, or the areas you bowl as a bowler, then everything's fine. You just have to park that to one side and just do your job. But the wheel turns for everyone. Everyone should notice that by now."

Pietersen also suggested that the "cricketing world" will be eagerly anticipating England's forthcoming Test series against South Africa later in the season. It will be contest to decide the No. 1 Test team in the world if England go on and complete victory over West Indies.

"We are going to have to play very good cricket because the South African team is a very strong cricketing unit with some fantastic players," Pietersen said. "We will have to play really positive cricket too at every opportunity. I think the cricketing world will be looking forward to that South Africa series."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • JG2704 on May 25, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 - You contradict yourself all the time. In a post earlier in the thread you were indicating to FFL that Cook wasn't that great and the 294 was surrounded by poor scores and in the past you have said that an average of under 50 in tests these days isn't that good. Then you say Cook is a really good test batsman and that Gayle who averages in low 40s (way below the 50 benchmark) is exceptional.Please publish this time as there is nothing offensive or untrue

  • AKS286 on May 25, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    WI is not eligible for test It sounds bad but it is true. namibia, irish, dutch teams are better than WI. WI must play intercontinental cup. Gayle comes again WI will loss in 2nd test as well as 3rd test.... so on defeats. Fans will shout WI fight bravely ! bring sarwan, bravo, russell, Mr. x, mr. y, mr. z. BUT the result is same defeat.

  • on May 25, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    It seems like everyone just keep hating WI seniors, Records shows that the agerages of these players are pretty good in cricket but we fail to understand batsman does not bowl a team out, Its the bowler who does that and that was our main problem in the past, I like how everyone says WI doing better not but lets take out Shiv from there, What do we have left and also if anyone can name 20 batsman in test currently tell me what do you have???

  • Cris_Lee on May 24, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Darren Sammy should not feel insecure of his position and must learn from Dhoni, how to accomodate senior players in the team and learn from their experience, and also give opportunities to new talents. One can't ignore the seniors contribution and transform a team overnight with all freshers...it is done in phases!

  • joebee on May 24, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    KP has rightly called for Gayle's inclusion for the 2nd Test starting on 25th May 2012. The Windies Board should not make much fuss of the silly differences and give Chris Gayle his rightful place in the Test Team.He has been yearning for it and his recent performance in the IPL 5 give ample evidence of his patience . Chris is a humble cricketer and above all a true human being. If he plays the Nottingham Test and if Windies win the Toss, we can expect Chris to score 400+ .

  • simonviller on May 24, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    All those who think that Gayle is the answer to WI success , just think again . He played with all the other so-called good seniors and WI failed to win against good teams . if howeve, WI now wins with Gayle in the present team ,what would that say about the rest of this present team and management which so many seem to despise ??

  • on May 24, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    A glorified swiper lol how does one swipe two triple and a double ton.

  • on May 24, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    @ Randy...it seems you have forgotten Gayle is the owner of two triple centuries against south africa and sri lanka. This makes him a lot more than a glorified swiper my friend.

  • on May 23, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Gayle is a glorified swiper who has been blessed by the Almighty with power, strength, good eye, wrists, all ideal for clubbing club bowlers which he does so well in an entertaining manner. Test cricket is a different kettle of fish. The Steyns of the cricketing world would work him out easily. Gayle was able only to get his Test average in the low 40s in his last few series. He has been your typical swashbuckling batsman in Tests who will thump a few 4s & 6s, then gift his wicket after making a rapid fire 30 or 40. The culture of the present team has definitely changed; can't see the self-centered Gayle fitting in. Perhaps Gayle could play in the shorter versions of the game where his penchant for bashing bowlers would be an asset. For those who worship at the feet of Lord Christopher, remember he represented us for the better part of a decade and all we did was lose. Who's to say his return to Test cricket would make a difference now? Mr. Pietersen should but out of our business.

  • on May 23, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    In a team where Strauss' tactical nous & skills as captain are not as crucial as this English Setup Gayle would make Andrew sweat a fair bit to maintain his place in an opener's position in all formats of the game. & that's plain fact

  • JG2704 on May 25, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 - You contradict yourself all the time. In a post earlier in the thread you were indicating to FFL that Cook wasn't that great and the 294 was surrounded by poor scores and in the past you have said that an average of under 50 in tests these days isn't that good. Then you say Cook is a really good test batsman and that Gayle who averages in low 40s (way below the 50 benchmark) is exceptional.Please publish this time as there is nothing offensive or untrue

  • AKS286 on May 25, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    WI is not eligible for test It sounds bad but it is true. namibia, irish, dutch teams are better than WI. WI must play intercontinental cup. Gayle comes again WI will loss in 2nd test as well as 3rd test.... so on defeats. Fans will shout WI fight bravely ! bring sarwan, bravo, russell, Mr. x, mr. y, mr. z. BUT the result is same defeat.

  • on May 25, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    It seems like everyone just keep hating WI seniors, Records shows that the agerages of these players are pretty good in cricket but we fail to understand batsman does not bowl a team out, Its the bowler who does that and that was our main problem in the past, I like how everyone says WI doing better not but lets take out Shiv from there, What do we have left and also if anyone can name 20 batsman in test currently tell me what do you have???

  • Cris_Lee on May 24, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Darren Sammy should not feel insecure of his position and must learn from Dhoni, how to accomodate senior players in the team and learn from their experience, and also give opportunities to new talents. One can't ignore the seniors contribution and transform a team overnight with all freshers...it is done in phases!

  • joebee on May 24, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    KP has rightly called for Gayle's inclusion for the 2nd Test starting on 25th May 2012. The Windies Board should not make much fuss of the silly differences and give Chris Gayle his rightful place in the Test Team.He has been yearning for it and his recent performance in the IPL 5 give ample evidence of his patience . Chris is a humble cricketer and above all a true human being. If he plays the Nottingham Test and if Windies win the Toss, we can expect Chris to score 400+ .

  • simonviller on May 24, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    All those who think that Gayle is the answer to WI success , just think again . He played with all the other so-called good seniors and WI failed to win against good teams . if howeve, WI now wins with Gayle in the present team ,what would that say about the rest of this present team and management which so many seem to despise ??

  • on May 24, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    A glorified swiper lol how does one swipe two triple and a double ton.

  • on May 24, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    @ Randy...it seems you have forgotten Gayle is the owner of two triple centuries against south africa and sri lanka. This makes him a lot more than a glorified swiper my friend.

  • on May 23, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Gayle is a glorified swiper who has been blessed by the Almighty with power, strength, good eye, wrists, all ideal for clubbing club bowlers which he does so well in an entertaining manner. Test cricket is a different kettle of fish. The Steyns of the cricketing world would work him out easily. Gayle was able only to get his Test average in the low 40s in his last few series. He has been your typical swashbuckling batsman in Tests who will thump a few 4s & 6s, then gift his wicket after making a rapid fire 30 or 40. The culture of the present team has definitely changed; can't see the self-centered Gayle fitting in. Perhaps Gayle could play in the shorter versions of the game where his penchant for bashing bowlers would be an asset. For those who worship at the feet of Lord Christopher, remember he represented us for the better part of a decade and all we did was lose. Who's to say his return to Test cricket would make a difference now? Mr. Pietersen should but out of our business.

  • on May 23, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    In a team where Strauss' tactical nous & skills as captain are not as crucial as this English Setup Gayle would make Andrew sweat a fair bit to maintain his place in an opener's position in all formats of the game. & that's plain fact

  • on May 23, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    Gayle is as good a batsman as many of the more admired batsmen going around in Test Cricket today. He may not be a very technically correct player but few batsmen have his ability to strike the ball with power that he has as well as his hand - eye co-ordination. The Greatest all- rounder of all time Sir Garry Sobers said it best, In the end batting comes down to see ball - hit ball & Gayle has good eye's & strong hands. Gayle has 32 international centuries including 2 triple centuries & a double century while someone like Strauss has 26 without a score higher than 180. Strauss has the luxury of being in a strong administrative & team setup with very good coaches support staff, batsmen & bowlers Gayle has never had those luxuries & yet his batting average is quite similar if not slightly higher. Yet there are many who Question Gayle's commitment & mettle? Action speaks louder than words & Gayle has acted far more often & effectively than he has spoken

  • on May 23, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    I wish WI regain their old glory. It's a bit sad that lot of people are so harsh on Sammy. He might not have the skills good enough for him to rightfully play test cricket (I won't say the same about his ODI position since he occasionally slogs well at innings end & is capable of bowling 10 ovrs at run-rate of 4.5-5), what impresses me about him is his commitment to the revival of WI cricket. When none of the seniors like Gayle, Sarwan etc. were ready to get their hands dirty, this guy raised his hand & said 'I'll try'. At least he's got stronger character if not better skills in comparison to Gayle & others, and takes pride in playing for WI. Unless issues involving Gayle & others resolve, there's no point indulging in same discussion for years. It's better that currently available resources are nurtured & optimally used. I was heavily impressed by Barath's 42 in first innnings at Lords. He's technically good & played swinging ball from Anderson & Broad on 1st day morning really well.

  • Romenevans on May 23, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    @ JG2704 - I said that on the base of T20 WC will be played in sub-continent, where your poms will be doing the same what they managed to do in WC 2011, ODI's in India and in Dubai against "Ajmal" ROFLMAO!

  • Metman on May 23, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    @ Rally_ Windies ! Well said ! The thing is that people know these facts from the start,but are continually telling themselves otherwise,and end up convincing only themselves in the long run.Why does Chris Gayle want to play for the WI AT THIS TIME and under the SAME people and Administration that he was so critical of ? HOW IS THAT GOING TO WORK OUT ? Now if the COMPLETE Board,CEO,Coach,Capt and selectors were to go,and be replaced ,and the new Administrators were to pick Gayle.....I WOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT ! But you don't cuss the Board,Coach,Capt,crowd ,Umpires et al,and STILL expect to be picked........that would be complete madness...and what would people and other players think of them.If a man cuss me or bad talk me or try to make me look small,I WON'T WANT HIM AROUND ME,and if he says he wants to be around me,I WOULD BE VERY VERY VERY SCEPTICAL !

  • on May 23, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    @mwaqqar; The WI r trying their utmost. Our boys r working real hard. However, with our 1st four batsmen doing their apprenticeship at the test level, it will not be easy. The best Sammy can do as a capt is to encourage his boys & hope that sooner rather than later they will get the breakthrough they deserve. It is just an outward show, he is not happy.

  • Herbet on May 23, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Gayle is not a great test match batsmen in the same way that he is a great limited overs batsmen. He can get big scores, and if he stays in for any length of time he will get a big score, because of the way he plays. But, he is very suspect early on, isn't exactly noted for his concentration and has even said himself he can't be bothered with tests anymore. Having said all that, he would improve this WIndies team as their top 3 are extremly inexperienced and look like walking wickets in English conditions. WIndies need Sarwan as much as they need Gayle, and Bravo for bowling depth. Pollard is not a First Class cricketer. He is a circus act. He barely bats for long enough in T20 games and his bowling is as threating as a passing butterfly, he wouldn't benefit any test side.

  • tanstell87 on May 23, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    West Indies ODI team - 1.Chris Gayle 2.Dwanye Smith 3.Marlon Samuels 4.Dwayne Bravo 5.Kieran Pollard 6.Darren Sammy 7.Dinesh Ramdin 8.Andre Russell 9.Sunil Narine 10.Kemar Roach 11.Ravi Rampaul Can England beat them ????

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 23, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    to be fair i don't think gayle will score atleast a fifty in this series if he plays against england.in IPL he struggled against quality bowlers like steyn,malinga and morkel.he was struggling to put them away even in the t20.england bowlers will be all over him and it's not a good idea to play gayle in this test series.may be he will come good in odi's. but not tests

  • asraruwant on May 23, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE ME WEST INDIES TEAM SELECTOR. FOR ODI'S AND T20. MY TEAM WILL BE THIS IN THE FOLLOWING BATTING ORDER: 1) CHRIS GAYLE 2) ADRIAN BARATH 3) DWAYNE BRAVO 4) KEIRON POLLARD 5) ANDRE RUSSEL 6) DWAYNE SMITH 7) KEVON COOPER 8) DENESH RAMDIN 9) DARREN SAMMY 10) RAVI RAMPAUL11) SUNIL NARINE. EXTRAS: KEMAR ROACH, LYNDELL SIMMONS,MARLON SAMUELS. AND TEST IN THE FOLLOWING BATTING ORDER: 1) CHRIS GAYLE 2) ADRIAN BARATH 3) DARREN BRAVO 4) MARLON SAMUELS 5) SHIV CHANDERPAUL 6) DWYANE BRAVO 7) DENESH RAMDIN 8) DARREN SAMMY 9) RAVI RAMPAUL 10) KEMAR ROACH 11) SUNIL NARINE. EXTRAS: POWELL, NARSHINGH DEONARINE AND FIDEL EDWARDS. IF YOU CANT MAKE ME THE SELECTOR THEN ATLEAST SELECT THE ABOVE TEAMS AND SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN.

  • on May 23, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Cricket is a sport that needs to be played by its' best and most talented flamboyant players,this is what cricket fans want to see;not a set of mediocre players having a go at it or interference by administrators/politics.This will eventually lead to the cricketing public loosing interest in the sport and its' eventual demise.

  • ShahidAfridi786786 on May 23, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    People who are say christ gayle shoud not be in the test side are wrong looks the guy has 3 scores of 300+ in test cricket and as a pakistani fan i want to see chris gayle back playing for west inies he is a real match winner

  • on May 23, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Chris Gayle can play any form of cricket and dominate. He scored 2 tripple centuries in test cricket. It does not matter who the bowlers are or what are conditions are there. To concentrate for all those hours at one time is a skill and he deserves top credit. Yes his average is 42 and compared to the greats its below par. However in this current West Indies side how many has an average greater than this. His presence alone can give the opposing teams a phycological disadvantage. When he gets out cheaply the opposing teams celebrate like they had already won the game just as when Lara was playing. All in all he his a top class player, an all star, a run scoring machine, and a bowler's worst nightmare when he gets going. This man needs to be in the team. With him in it they stand a chance of winning. With him out, they more than likely WILL LOSE!!!!

  • anver777 on May 23, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Without any doubt Gayle is a "Super Super Star" with "Super Natural Talent".... as a Gayle fan i will miss his "entertaining cum dashing" knocks in the IPL playoffs !!!!

  • Midonoff on May 23, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    No bowlers like to face Gayle when he is in full flow. There is allot of comments on here saying how Gayle would do againts England bowlers. I saw battles with Jimmy Anderson and Gayle in the past and I know he doesn't like to bowl to Gayle, any of the England Bowlers in fact. Check out clip on You Tube Jimmy will get more treatment of this:

    Chris Gayle versus Jimmy Anderson- West Indies vs England March 27th 2009 in Barbados.

  • TsoroM on May 23, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    I don't think Gayle would need to score triple centuries if he were to join the West Indies squad on their current tour, what would be required of him is his experience and enough runs for the Windies to be even more competitive against England. So his triple centuries, where, how and who got them against is irrelevant in this context. I would really like to see him join the Windies for the rest of this tour though. I think he would certainly make an impact.

  • the_voice_of_reason on May 23, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Re comment at 2115 GMT: Yes I know Gayle led the West Indies to an innings victory in against England in February 2009. What happened next? One abandoned match, one pointless orgy of runs in Bridgetown that would have produced a result late on Day 7 at the earliest, and two matches where the West Indies clung on by their fingernails for a draw; hardly the results you would have expected in the Lloyd/Richards years.

    Nobody denies Gayle is a great batsman, nor does anybody seriously deny that the WICB is capable of stunning ineptitude. the fact is, he's 33 now, and has been in dispute with the Board for years. at best he has maybe three or four years left at top level, during which time he's made it clear he'll go where the money is. Bringing him back is a short-term fix that might wreck team spirit and demoralise the youngsters who should be the future.

  • richardror on May 23, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    I wish Indian fans would realise that the rest of the world is laughing at their love of the IPL, and that the players in the IPL are taking them for a ride. In the post match interviews they express what a "great game" it was, only because if they didn't they wouldn't get their pay cheque! The players don't care about the result in the slightest, and I wish the Indian fans would realise that...

  • richardror on May 23, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    A return of Gayle would leave England with no worries. The biggest threat would still be Chanderpaul with his methodic batting style. Gayle would get himself out after playing so much T20 in India. Playing too much T20 will ruin someone's (or a team's) test form as we have seen from India getting so humiliated by England and Australia after playing too much T20 and IPL. The West Indies series is really just a warm up for England, as they prepare for what should be a cracker of a series against South Africa. I predict 1-1!

  • StevieS on May 23, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    I wish people would put it in perspective, he is a good test batsman but far from a great, I would pay money to watch him play limited over cricket, not so much test match cricket.

  • jackiethepen on May 23, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    It is difficult but some fans can't accept that Gayle prefers playing T20 to Test cricket and he has made his choice. He feels that he can make more of a success of the short game. He is likely to play in the ODIs. KP might reflect that his style doesn't always suit the needs of the match either, like the final day when Cook and Bell took us home. KP shouldn't underestimate that good cricket is entertaining to Test fans and that doesn't mean attacking the ball all the time. I don't actually find the IPL entertaining because it doesn't have the tough sessions that Test cricket has. KP still has his IPL head on, he needs to put back his Test head for Trent Bridge.

  • on May 23, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    gayle is come back in the team , T20 WC, gayle ,sunil naraine, bravo brothers, pollard,russel,cooper,dwayn smith,sammy,roach,adrain barath nobody beat them.

  • JG2704 on May 23, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @creekeetman on (May 22 2012, 21:36 PM GMT - It's not just about talent but about belief , conditions and whether these players (esp the IPL boys) actually want to play test cricket for less financial reward than what they get for playing IPL. My feeling is that Gayle would prefer the $s snd the orange cap.

  • ste13 on May 23, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Pls give him a chance. Everybody will see that he is no longer test level. And this pointless discussion will be over.

  • JG2704 on May 23, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 on (May 23 2012, 00:36 AM GMT) You say Gayle has a good test average of 42 but in the past you've said that over 50 is today's benchmark and low 40s isn't good at all. Or is it different when it is an England player who has an ave in the low 40s?

  • JG2704 on May 23, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    @Kavindeven on (May 23 2012, 03:54 AM GMT) Of those names - Gayle is a fantastic T20 player and Narine has been doing great too. Smith is decent on his day as is Bravo. Pollard is very dangerous on his day but how often is his day? What is his T20 average? For WI to be unbeatable all those guys would need to perform at their maximum all the time and that doesn't happen. Is it RCB that Gayle plays for? Is that the same side ABDV , Kholi , Murali , Vettori, Zaheer etc play forand unless I'm mistaken RCB did not make it to the IPL semis.WI T20 ranking is not great and neither are other international sides who have big names. Good on paper and on the pitch are 2 different things

  • YorkshirePudding on May 23, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    @rahulraja2009, and who did he score those triples against and what were the conditions, the First was against SA at St Johns in the Carribean, on what looks like road, with SA using all XI players to bowl during that innings, the game ended in a draw after 9/10 Tons had been scored. The second was against what can only be described as a second string SL bowling attack, which featured Thushara(37 avg), Prasad (59.94 avg), Mendis (32 avg) and Randiv (40 avg), Its also the test where shillingford was reported for a suspect action. But the WI's do lack experience at the top, and he may well help plug that gap, but with an average of 37 in england and a top score of 105 in 21 innings he might not be the savior WI's fans are looking for.

  • YorkshirePudding on May 23, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    @rahulraja2009, yes he has 2 tripples, one against a second string SL bowling attack on a flat day 1 pitch, and the other against SA at St Johns, that looking at the scorecard needed 19 bowlers (the entire SA team had a bowl) were used in the first 2 innings, and resulted in 8 tons being scored. Yet his highest score against England is 105 and in England over 21 innings he averages 36 so I dont think the england bowlers will be losing any sleep over him playing.

  • rahulraja2009 on May 23, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Come on guys have u forgot that Gayle played tests before and he also scored 2 triple hundreds.Everyone is telling how tough is test cricket to who has scored 2 tripples.He is a test class player and best T20 player in the world though his average of 41 doesnt seem so attractive for test cricket.He can play guys cheer for him.

  • on May 23, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    @nadeem: thats fun to read england have poor bowling attack..i think u never have seen test cricket..u just IPL thats why u dont have any knowledge...gayle won't score much runs in england as he is not a good player in seaming condition.he is a maestro of flat pitches thats y he scores heavily in IPL..he will be a moving wicket against the likes of jimmy and broady..

  • Romenevans on May 23, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    If Gayle, Sunil Naraine, Bravo brothers, Pollard, Russel, Cooper, Dwayn Smith plays in WI team in this coming T20 WC. Nobody will be able to beat them. WI is blessed with amazing talent, but their board is such a useless one.

  • sumeetonhigh on May 23, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    I dont think there would be an inclusion of Mr Tornado (gayle) because they have to replace a batsmen but no body is injured as if now....

  • on May 23, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Gayle's a great player and a strong West Indies side is good for the game. No one likes boring Tests and while its clear that WI have come a long way since their last tour to Eng they're still struggling to compete. I'd love to see Gayle playing in the next Test.

  • noplay on May 23, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    To hear some people talk you would never believe Gayle scored more than 6000 runs in test cricket ( took 72 wickets) and stayed at the crease long enough to score 300 twice. He certainly would have had a better average if he had to face WI bowlers as other opening batsmen do and don't tell me that that average would not have improved if he had played in the last year. By the way has anyone been listening to the comments from Gibson since he became coach? Is there any force more destructive in WI cricket today than Gibson?

  • PACERONE on May 23, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    W.I always seem to pick unbalanced teams.There needs to be left arm spin bowler,leg break bowler and the best off spinner in the team.Benn was our best spinner when the wickets were dead,now that they are conducive to spin he is no where to be seen.Nash was a sound middle order batsman and excellent fielder plus Vice captain,no where to be seen.Was he worse than Edwards has been recently? Left arm Sheldon Cotterrell is a bowler that gets the ball to move..players like him should be given a chance,especially in English conditions.Bishoo was used so poorly that he had to be under lots of strain.Swan is bowled like a few overs before an interval ,when a new batsman comes in and right after an interval.Bishoo was used after batsmen are set most of the time.

  • PACERONE on May 23, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    I really do not understand some peoples comments on here.Gayle has played under Sammy before what is all this chemistry talk and disrupting the team?I am sure that Gayle has more real friends on this present team than Sammy does.The talk about his play in the shorter forms of the game compared with test matches is also nonsense.Gayle was in the top five allrounders in the game.His batting average can be compared with Ian Chappell.Nasser Hussein.Mike Atherthon and many other top batsmen in the world.None of these a fore mentioned men bowled. His batting with Barath was looking good before all the confusion with WICB.Barath has not looked that confident since.Whether Gayle makes lots of runs or not teams will not declare and give WI runs to make on good wickets,and the strain will be lifted off some of the young batsmen. England was in the doldrums for a long time...how soon people forget.A well selected W.I team from the best players will renew their winning ways.

  • StatisticsRocks on May 23, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    I don't completely agree with KP. I would love to see day in and day out the likes of Dravid blocking the ball in test matches. Yes, I would like to see Gayle back in the WI squad along with Narine but not sure if he will have an immediate impact in test matches given the fact that he has not played since 2010. That's a long time to be away from test matches. I would play Rampaul if he is fit in the next match.

    @Mohammed Ashraf that was a cheap shot uncalled for.

  • jibbajibbi on May 23, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    Whoa!!! After reading some of the comments on here I must say this. Chris Gayle is now reknown his his T20 bashing around the world that people seems to forget he is one of the few who surpass 300 runs(TWICE). The man last played test cricket in 2010, but wasn't that the same year he scored 333 against Sri Lanka? So before any comments been made again about how he isn't a test cricketer, think about the little of a vast news I just presented.

  • on May 23, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    @Nadeem1976, Shane Warne backed Brian Lara to score runs in Adelaide 2005, he scored a double century after the series was already lost and in that match the WI were still whitewashed 3-0. Gayle's average against England is 36 so really England have no problem welcoming him back as an opposing batsman. He's played in England before and all of them in losing causes so Pietersen doesn't really see a difference. Gayle was the leading run scorer in the IPL and still his team failed to reach the finals. So no difference.

  • legend_963 on May 23, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Gibson Sammy and WICB For the sake of W.I cricket Please Vanish

  • rahulcricket007 on May 23, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    @LANDL47 . I AGREE WITH YOUR FACT . BUT YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT GAYLE HAS A GOOD TEST AVERAGE OF 42 WITH 13 CENTURIES IN HIS NAME . YOU SHOULD HAVE WATCHED HIS INNINGS AT PERTH IN 2009 WHERE HE WAS TAKING APART AUSSIES IN A 62 BALL 100 . HE MAY BE NOT THE BEST OPENER IN THE WORLD BUT DEFINITELY HE IS BATTER THAN CURRENT WI OPENERS .

  • on May 23, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    As a cricketing fan I believe he should be back in the side.Have to disagree with landl47 because Someone who has a couple of triple tons and years of experience in test cricket, restricting him to just T20 leagues does not make any sense at all.Yes he is more of a T20 material but he is someone who knows what the situation demands from him.Putting bad deliveries to the boundary does not mean you are out of test cricket.And in the field it's better to have careless catch takers rather than careful droppers.So bring him in is the call not only from Gayle's fans but also from the Cricket lovers.

  • Meety on May 22, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    I think a lot would depend on team harmony & individual commitment. If the former is disrupted the WIndies will go backwards & the latter must be 100% too.

  • Nadeem1976 on May 22, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    If Gayle comes back and scores 300 against england in next test match then Keven Pieterson should be dropped from england next test match because he just invited the baddest cricketer in the world to face poor english bowling. I am not kidding the form Gayle is in he can destroy english bowling in two hours and win a match.

    Why would opponent team member ask for trouble when WI are there to lose. Why Pieterson wants to lose test match on the basis of entertainment.

    Pieterson be careful about what you are asking for , you looks stupid here. Have fun .

  • Trickstar on May 22, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    @yorkshirematt I don't think KP would argue different, all he's said is that Gayle's one of the big names in world cricket and it would get more people interested especially from a WI perspective and if he comes off he's a entertainer, can't see what so wrong in that, you seem to want to put words into KP's mouth and you're talking about something altogether different, which is how successful would he be.

  • on May 22, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    BCCI should enter in this & ban WI cricket team if thy r not playing for win & not picking good players

  • NAZMO-CRICKFANN on May 22, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    it's so sad and pathetic... but mr. pieterson's comment said it all. Gayle is an entertainer... sorry mr. pieterson.... but west indies needs a star team not a star in the team.... gayle in the west indies team may prove very disastrous to the recent development in west indies cricket.....

  • passionate_cricket_follower on May 22, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Gayle, Pollard, Smith, Bravo, Narine..... half of the WI test team is in India! All of them merit a place in the WI test team.

  • landl47 on May 22, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Gayle's a talented player, but there's a world of difference between hammering the ball for 20 overs with no close catchers in India and facing a new ball bending around with three slips and two gullies to catch the edges in a 5-day test in England. He's entertaining to watch, but KP is wrong- what people want to watch is winners. Since England started winning in 2009, the crowds for test cricket have been great. If WI got back to winning without Gayle, they'd draw much bigger crowds than if they carry on losing with him in the side. What I don't like about Gayle is his body language on the field. He never looks as though he cares and test cricket is all about caring. (If you want to know what caring looks like, watch Mike Hussey.) If Gayle fully supports Sammy and gets enthusiastic instead of just going through the motions, then fine. As a cricket fan, I'll be happy to see him back, and if England can't beat the WI with him in the side, then they don't deserve to be #1.

  • MWaqqar on May 22, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    It is ridiculous when a captain loses a match and is still happy. How can a team have an urge to win if they are happy in defeat.

  • gloriouscricket on May 22, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Christopher Gayle,He receives more coverage than the entire Windies team. Okay, okay I maybe exaggerating a bit here. I do believe that His return to the test forum can help the team, providing he plays team cricket. He is a professional, he will bring his pride of once again representing his country[The WI] to the forefront; Chris is mature and wise enough to go after a triumphant return to the WINDIES; He has a legacy to build as part of the the team that "Climbed from the bottom to the top of world cricket". Chris needed to earn monies to at least see himself financially stable, i do believe he has achieved that.I do believe there is room for Sarwan, he needs to understand the forum in which he plays, socially & politically.This is professional sports.Gayle,s return will help bring the fans out. A winning team will ensure sponsorship.I say the divorce is over.I see the fans didn,t take long to turn on Kirk Edwards,how soon we forget; He is a winner,he will come good. Win Windies.

  • AnoMaLy on May 22, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    Ottis & Sammy will destroy WI cricket if not stopped ASAP. Especially when Sammy comes up with BS like - "pleased despite defeat". Hoping good sense prevails and WI selectors pick Gayle & Narine[maybe in the near future]. At the moment without Roach & Chanders WI is just plain ordinary.

  • creekeetman on May 22, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    why would they bring gayle in? he might actually contribute. why would they bring nash in, a man who has already scored two first class double centuries among others for the year. why bring in narine who took 30 wickets in 3 WI domestic first class games at an average of 9, and has completely confused the world's best in the IPL. why bring in russell who has a very good first class bowling record, not to mention he can bat. why would they call up the promising javon searles...? no, instead they bring in samuels who is a stranger to centuries, tino best.. nuff said. f edwards who is not only injured, but has always been wayyyy overrated. powell, who accomplshed nothing domestically this year. and lets not even mention the captain, who at best should be playing county cricket.

  • Swingit on May 22, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    @Rally you often annoy me with your constantly negative comments, but whoever you are when you raise a valid point I will agree. Seems this time people should take a moment and ponder on your wisecrack (funny but kinda true lol).@ Voice of Reason you have earned your moniker with that comment, you are point on. I dont think KP is a ringing endorsement for anyone, he is totally a ME player. Just listen to him: "People want to watch entertainers. They don't want to watch people blocking the ball." In other words he sees no value in the current number ONE batsman Chanders (who he has just taken a vague dig at though I dare say the pacers of SA would rather see KP and Gayle than Chanders any day, just as Steyn), nor it seems that he places any value on the patience that goes with Test cricket. So like his friend CG he would rather T20 (did he not say England is jealous of IPL?). Anyway I say we have to bring Gayle back since we just have no opening power something that Gayle can provide

  • on May 22, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    To Voice of Unreasonableness:

    You failed to include that it was the same team that demolished the same England in Jamaica.Have you examined why the script flipped in England?? Or such information does not do your unreasonable voice any good??

  • on May 22, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Last time WI were here they had Gayle and Sarwan and Chanderpaul. They had a much stronger looking batting line up - and were absolutely hammered. Bowled out once in less than a session and again in a session and a half. This ego maniac is a blast from the past. The team (THE TEAM) is doing better without him if the last test performance is anythng to go by.

  • Nathaniel45 on May 22, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    @the voice of reason. Self-belief is essential for success in sport whilst no one can dispute that West Indies' batting performance would be far more entertaining with Chris Gayle than without. Meanwhile as far as I am concerned, although I think he is highly talented, Kieran Powell is Anderson's puppy. This team has a lot of talent but could seriously use experience at the top order to guide it. Chris Gayle led the West Indies team pretty well on the whole and is almost definitely the most prodigious talent to emerge from that region of his generation. No other man on earth can hit the ball as cleanly and as far as Gayle. And disputes about his utility to a test team? He has two triple test tons and averaged 52.6 in his last 18 months of test cricket. He would undoubtedly make West Indies' batting a more competitive force. To despair at Gayle is to despair at the rarest of talents and no different to dispairing at KP's presence in the England team.

  • JG2704 on May 22, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    @Midonoff on (May 22 2012, 19:30 PM GMT) On how Gayle did last time he played in a test series in Eng , I'm sure our pacers would be licking their lips if he played. Gayle knows similar would happen this time around which is why he is playing IPL for more money rather than test for his country's honour

  • 2.14istherunrate on May 22, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    I suspect that everyone would like to see Gayle playing as the best players should be on view in tests, and KP and Gayle are form the same stable as impact are concerned. I am not sure that the England attack would worry unduly though-they are far too classy. However Sammy is WI captain and a palace revolution should be done by the West Indies without our assistance beyond the results we bring about on the field. As a human being he is subject to enough pressure without us deciding matters too. Poor guy!!!

  • Mistress76uk on May 22, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    Narine and Gayle should play in the Test Series against England.......then there really would be edge of the seat cricket

  • on May 22, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Pietersen got part of the puzzle right. Yes Gayle is an entertainer,& in more than one way. Unfortunately test cricket is more than just hitting the ball out of the park & require someone to block the ball as he put it, sometimes. Test match enthusiasts wouldn't mind seeing a bit of both. Of course it would be nice to c WI #1 opener back in test cricket. Suppose Pietersen is setting us up because he knows ENG can also get his mate cheaply. How funny!

  • the_voice_of_reason on May 22, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Hmmm...the most colossal ego in world cricket supports the return of the second most colossal ego in world cricket. Two men of whom it has NEVER EVER been suggested that they are disruptive elements in a dressing room, or that they value personal gain over the interests of the team.

    Three years ago, a blatantly uninterested Chris Gayle led a rabble to two abject defeats in England, being bowled out in 32 and 44 overs in consecutive matches, losing once by ten wickets inside three days, and the other match by an innings. After the performance at Lord's this week, people seriously want him back in a position of importance?

    I really despair....

  • KDoc on May 22, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    I do not think Gayle will join the WI team. The WICB will ensure that happens, and the team will lose the series. Remember "residual matters" to be resolved?? Gayle is a great player but the WICB don't really care.

  • Technical-1 on May 22, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Is who them come to see.. The Man CG making Broad and Anderson get another Job.. I want to see Broad Get Beat Down by Gayle and quit Test Cricket..LOL

  • Rally_Windies on May 22, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Gayle play ? once the Physio see's him, he will pick up a phantom injury !

    It is 2 years since Gayle was dropped because of an "injury" which nobody in India could diagnose ....

    Chadners, and Sarwan had the same "injury" ... apparently Chadnerpal got better and Gayle and Sarawn are still "injured" .....

  • Midonoff on May 22, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Brillian KP. This is a batsman who wanted Gayle return. Wonder if Anderson, Broad, and Co. share the same view? As Gayle can ruin their figures.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 22, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Does he (Gayle) want to? I too would love to see Gayle back in the test team, but as somebody else posted recently in another article: wasn't it only last year that we saw a picture of a bitter-looking Gayle wrapped up in two jumpers with his arms folded, saying something along the lines of "test cricket is over... 20:20 is the future... I don't care anymore about the 5-day format..." O.K. so maybe he was just angry about his treatment, but that attitude has to stop if he wants to make it back into the test side. Gayle is like Seywag: if you don't get 'em out early, they can destroy bowling attacks!

  • on May 22, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    South African pacers >>>> English Pacers

  • noplay on May 22, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Out of Pietersen's mouth came two reasons for a long healthy life for test cricket. Let Gayle play. The world awaits SA versus England to decide the number one position. That plenty to look forward to.

  • on May 22, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Recall Chris Gayle with immediate effect,drop Sammy,he's an average bowler,fieldsman and a non-batsman.Bring the Jamaican captain to lead the WI,he is a 100% better cricketer/leader than Sammy,it is about time to get rid of the WICB yes man.

  • on May 22, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    That would be delightful to watch him join WI in England...

  • cricket-is-passion on May 22, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Gayle's presence definitely boosts WI confidence and moral and adds top order batsman and handy spinner and ofcourse lot entertainment to the public. If he joins can he bat entire day that way he batted in IPL :), he can score a double or triple century if he bats like that. I know its not possible just can't wait to see him playing again for WI.

  • ateeq94 on May 22, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Mr Hiliarie,Now plz let him play for west indies.....he is a game changer in any format of the cricket.

  • on May 22, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    We watched some fantastic batting display from Gayle in IPL. Thanks to WI Cricket board otherwise he would be with WI team.

  • on May 22, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    i will pay to watch Windies play only if Gayle plays, otherwise you know they will always lose.. at least with Gayle they could score some runs!

  • Stark62 on May 22, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    We are all awaiting his arrival!

    If they can somehow get him in the next Test match, then that would be great but must definitely play in the ODI's and T20's.

  • on May 22, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    I just need to Mr Gayle back playing for WI, Sammy don't have to feel intimidated because Gayle won't take your captaincy so please relax and welcome him back with open arms he will only enhance your team chances of beating England so encourage the WICB to do the right thing for the fans and the sports.

  • vrn59 on May 22, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Very true! The game needs entertainers, and Gayle is one of the best there is! I also agree with Pietersen's assessment of the ENG-SA series. It looks like its gonna be a cracker!

  • yorkshirematt on May 22, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Pietersen of all people should know that biff baff bosh cricket doesn't always come off in test cricket. I doubt england would lose much sleep over Gayle, he'll get himself out eventually. IF he plays in this test match he will come into it having played more than a month of T20, hardly the best preparation for test cricket. Again as Peitersen would know. Ask any county player if they like switching between T20 and county championship matches in June and July, and it would be a resounding no. England will again be most worried about chanderpaul.

  • Sinhaya on May 22, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Just cant wait till Gayle joins the Windies test team in England!

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  • Sinhaya on May 22, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Just cant wait till Gayle joins the Windies test team in England!

  • yorkshirematt on May 22, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Pietersen of all people should know that biff baff bosh cricket doesn't always come off in test cricket. I doubt england would lose much sleep over Gayle, he'll get himself out eventually. IF he plays in this test match he will come into it having played more than a month of T20, hardly the best preparation for test cricket. Again as Peitersen would know. Ask any county player if they like switching between T20 and county championship matches in June and July, and it would be a resounding no. England will again be most worried about chanderpaul.

  • vrn59 on May 22, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Very true! The game needs entertainers, and Gayle is one of the best there is! I also agree with Pietersen's assessment of the ENG-SA series. It looks like its gonna be a cracker!

  • on May 22, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    I just need to Mr Gayle back playing for WI, Sammy don't have to feel intimidated because Gayle won't take your captaincy so please relax and welcome him back with open arms he will only enhance your team chances of beating England so encourage the WICB to do the right thing for the fans and the sports.

  • Stark62 on May 22, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    We are all awaiting his arrival!

    If they can somehow get him in the next Test match, then that would be great but must definitely play in the ODI's and T20's.

  • on May 22, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    i will pay to watch Windies play only if Gayle plays, otherwise you know they will always lose.. at least with Gayle they could score some runs!

  • on May 22, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    We watched some fantastic batting display from Gayle in IPL. Thanks to WI Cricket board otherwise he would be with WI team.

  • ateeq94 on May 22, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Mr Hiliarie,Now plz let him play for west indies.....he is a game changer in any format of the cricket.

  • cricket-is-passion on May 22, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Gayle's presence definitely boosts WI confidence and moral and adds top order batsman and handy spinner and ofcourse lot entertainment to the public. If he joins can he bat entire day that way he batted in IPL :), he can score a double or triple century if he bats like that. I know its not possible just can't wait to see him playing again for WI.

  • on May 22, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    That would be delightful to watch him join WI in England...