West Indies in England 2012 May 22, 2012

Pietersen wants Gayle return


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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  • John 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

  • Anupam 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.

  • Dummy4 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 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!

  • Joseph 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+ .

  • charlie 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 ??

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2012, 1:15 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

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