West Indies in England 2012 June 12, 2012

Gayle will be hungry - Pollard

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Chris Gayle will have enough "hunger and desire" when he returns to West Indies colours for the first time in 15 months against England. That is the opinion of Gayle's West Indies team-mate Kieron Pollard, who said that Gayle's return only means West Indies would be well-equipped to face England in the three-match ODI series followed by a solitary Twenty20.

"Obviously it is a boost. Chris is a world-class. He has proven himself over the years," Pollard said on the eve of West Indies' tour match against Middlesex at Lord's. "I am a youngster and have seen Chris on television and I get the opportunity to play alongside him in the same team. It is fantastic. He has been out for a while so he will be hungry to go out there and perform."

Gayle last played for West Indies last March during the 2011 World Cup when West Indies lost to Pakistan in the quarter-finals. He was included in the 15-man squad for the England ODI series but subsequently got embroiled in a bitter dispute with the WICB, which was resolved on the eve of the squad announcement.

Gayle kept himself match-fit in the time away from the West Indies dressing room in various Twenty20 domestic leagues around the world. He has topped the run charts in the last two editions of the IPL, which Pollard says can only be a positive now for West Indies.

"He has been doing well in IPL and all over," Pollard said. "It is now a matter of transforming it to West Indies cricket. And I am sure he is willing and ready to do that so hopefully we can go out there as a team and do well."

Pollard said it was obvious that Gayle would have the "desire and the hunger" after being out of international cricket for more than a year but he did not know what exactly Gayle's plans were and it would be better for him to speak, but he knew he was determined to be successful for West Indies again.

Pollard, who is one of the seven ODI players to join the squad, said West Indies would definitely prove to be a tough challenge for England. "We are a very good team. We have a wealth of experience with Chris back at the top of the order. He is one of the most explosive batsman in the world and an experienced former captain. Then we have Marlon Samuels, who has been around for a while along with Dwayne Bravo and Denesh Ramdin and myself so we have a very experienced team. The days of just competing in ODIs are over. It is a matter of performing on the field."

Pollard though was cautious about calling West Indies the favourites only because he felt every player, no matter how big a name, had to still prove himself through performances. "At the end of the day names on the paper count for nothing. Your performance on the field matters. You can't judge from the names on the paper that we are a stronger team in ODIs than in Test cricket. If we go out there and give a good account of ourselves and win games, that would be better."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Yevghenny on June 15, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    javiso, maybe it's because these players have only ever done it in domestic 20 over cricket, and not international 50 over cricket

  • 5wombats on June 14, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    England don't have to worry about Pollard. Pollard has to worry about England.... He won't last long.

  • javiso on June 14, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    I too am very surprised at the comments here against Pollard and even other WI players. The truly sad part is that it seems to be coming mostly from their "fellow" West Indians.......Pollard, Gayle, Bravo, Smith, Narine, Russell etc are in demand all over the world, but don't seem to be wanted by West Indians?? Persons from other countries are in awe at the quality of the ODI team, but as always, West Indians will continue to drag down their own people. I could just imagine people from other countries reading those comments and being not only amazed, but also laughing at West Indians on the whole. Some of the comments make me ashamed to be West indian. And oh, for those who say "cricketer xyz should keep his mouth shut", just remember that the cricketer did not ask to be interviewed, but was sought out for the interview. So maybe you should be the one who should just keep your mouth shut, as no-one asked for your two cents, and you are embarassing true West Indians.

  • RespectTruth on June 14, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    My humble suggestion to the selection committee is to utilize the depth that they have been afforded on the bench. Every player must perform in some outstanding way to keep his place. So my first 11 are Gayle, Simmons, Bravo (Jr), Samuels, Bravo (Sr.), Smith, Pollard, Ramdin, Sammy, Best and Rampaul. The bench will be Russell waiting to replace Pollard, Charles waiting to replace Simmons, Edwards, Fidel, waiting to replace Best and Narine just waiting, as there is no need to use him in English conditions as we just saw in the 3rd test. He should serve as an excellent 12th man for this ODI series. Be humble and focused on the job ahead young men and return Windies to cricketing greatness! Rally round the West Indies!!! Go get them!!!!

  • on June 14, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    @ Mrhamilton... I believe you're being a little too hard on the youngster being the older folks suck as yourself has left those boys to fend for themselves and have not at least tried to guide them or even instill the bravado that the old men had in a nutshell (you had not teach them anything) but you expect them to just pick up where the old legends have left off right? Give me a break, traits are learnt by passing it on! Sounds familiar?

  • mancricbd on June 13, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    I am very surprised to see some of the comments here against pollard. He did not say anything wrong and more importantly he is performing. Dont know pople are sleeping or what? In the last two ODI series he played he scored two century. And again he was MAN OF THE SERIES against a strong Australian side for his highest run. So it is pretty clear that some of us here may be did not watch those matches. In recent time pollard played very consistently and as a result WI did not loose their last ODI series.

  • dariuscorny on June 13, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    if Pollard is talking good about Gayle ,that can be taken into account,but Pollard himself seems to be a liabilty for the team.he has never performed in International matches even in recent ipl he was struggling big time.and his struggle facing genuine pace bowling makes him vulnerable in these conditions ,for me he is the weakest link in WI line up as Eng have some good pacers in these conducive conditions to knock him off very early

  • on June 13, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Well said, Mr. Hamilton, well said. Pollard ought to keep quiet and let his skills do the talking on the field. So should the other big names. As Pollard correctly pointed out, the game is not played on paper or in rum shops I might add.

    Enough of this hype. Just go out and play some smart cricket and bring a measure of respect back to WI cricket. Many of you have failed us in the past. You have given WI cricket a bad name in the last decade with your poor play, carelessness, lack of commitment, effort, pride, discipline and the like.

    You now have an opportunity to redeem yourselves thanks to very Board whom many of you despise. Humble yourselves and give thanks to the Lord GOD Almighty for opening a door for some of you to teturn to the WI fold as it were. Cut out the arrogance and self-praise. Seize the chance with both hands and show the world what you can do. For the sake of WI cricket, I hope you don't fail. If you do, it will be "I told you so" from many quarters. Go Windies!

  • mrhamilton on June 13, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Pollard should keep his mouth closed for now and try and achieve something in international cricket for his country. So what if he and some of these other "legends" have done well in the IPL. IPL is not test cricket and it isnt 50 over cricket either. The so called experienced players he lauds as being the saviours of windian cricket like himself, such as bravo snr,ramdin,samuels and even to a certain extent Gayle have been failures in TEST cricket!!! That is the hard truth people laud samuels sudden maturity forgetting he made his debut 12 years ago!! same as gayle, these guys only have a few years left, they can be the bridge to a new greater windies but they cant be a great team ever, as the decade plus of debacles featuring messrs, bravo snr, gayle,samuels,ramdin got us nowhere!!!! Russell, pollard and narine have it all to prove i just dont like this hype like the IPL has laready made them legends. They were poor at the world cup yet now we are told are favourites to beat england

  • on June 13, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    IPL and International are two different experiences and waiting to see his performace representing his team.

  • Yevghenny on June 15, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    javiso, maybe it's because these players have only ever done it in domestic 20 over cricket, and not international 50 over cricket

  • 5wombats on June 14, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    England don't have to worry about Pollard. Pollard has to worry about England.... He won't last long.

  • javiso on June 14, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    I too am very surprised at the comments here against Pollard and even other WI players. The truly sad part is that it seems to be coming mostly from their "fellow" West Indians.......Pollard, Gayle, Bravo, Smith, Narine, Russell etc are in demand all over the world, but don't seem to be wanted by West Indians?? Persons from other countries are in awe at the quality of the ODI team, but as always, West Indians will continue to drag down their own people. I could just imagine people from other countries reading those comments and being not only amazed, but also laughing at West Indians on the whole. Some of the comments make me ashamed to be West indian. And oh, for those who say "cricketer xyz should keep his mouth shut", just remember that the cricketer did not ask to be interviewed, but was sought out for the interview. So maybe you should be the one who should just keep your mouth shut, as no-one asked for your two cents, and you are embarassing true West Indians.

  • RespectTruth on June 14, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    My humble suggestion to the selection committee is to utilize the depth that they have been afforded on the bench. Every player must perform in some outstanding way to keep his place. So my first 11 are Gayle, Simmons, Bravo (Jr), Samuels, Bravo (Sr.), Smith, Pollard, Ramdin, Sammy, Best and Rampaul. The bench will be Russell waiting to replace Pollard, Charles waiting to replace Simmons, Edwards, Fidel, waiting to replace Best and Narine just waiting, as there is no need to use him in English conditions as we just saw in the 3rd test. He should serve as an excellent 12th man for this ODI series. Be humble and focused on the job ahead young men and return Windies to cricketing greatness! Rally round the West Indies!!! Go get them!!!!

  • on June 14, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    @ Mrhamilton... I believe you're being a little too hard on the youngster being the older folks suck as yourself has left those boys to fend for themselves and have not at least tried to guide them or even instill the bravado that the old men had in a nutshell (you had not teach them anything) but you expect them to just pick up where the old legends have left off right? Give me a break, traits are learnt by passing it on! Sounds familiar?

  • mancricbd on June 13, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    I am very surprised to see some of the comments here against pollard. He did not say anything wrong and more importantly he is performing. Dont know pople are sleeping or what? In the last two ODI series he played he scored two century. And again he was MAN OF THE SERIES against a strong Australian side for his highest run. So it is pretty clear that some of us here may be did not watch those matches. In recent time pollard played very consistently and as a result WI did not loose their last ODI series.

  • dariuscorny on June 13, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    if Pollard is talking good about Gayle ,that can be taken into account,but Pollard himself seems to be a liabilty for the team.he has never performed in International matches even in recent ipl he was struggling big time.and his struggle facing genuine pace bowling makes him vulnerable in these conditions ,for me he is the weakest link in WI line up as Eng have some good pacers in these conducive conditions to knock him off very early

  • on June 13, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Well said, Mr. Hamilton, well said. Pollard ought to keep quiet and let his skills do the talking on the field. So should the other big names. As Pollard correctly pointed out, the game is not played on paper or in rum shops I might add.

    Enough of this hype. Just go out and play some smart cricket and bring a measure of respect back to WI cricket. Many of you have failed us in the past. You have given WI cricket a bad name in the last decade with your poor play, carelessness, lack of commitment, effort, pride, discipline and the like.

    You now have an opportunity to redeem yourselves thanks to very Board whom many of you despise. Humble yourselves and give thanks to the Lord GOD Almighty for opening a door for some of you to teturn to the WI fold as it were. Cut out the arrogance and self-praise. Seize the chance with both hands and show the world what you can do. For the sake of WI cricket, I hope you don't fail. If you do, it will be "I told you so" from many quarters. Go Windies!

  • mrhamilton on June 13, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Pollard should keep his mouth closed for now and try and achieve something in international cricket for his country. So what if he and some of these other "legends" have done well in the IPL. IPL is not test cricket and it isnt 50 over cricket either. The so called experienced players he lauds as being the saviours of windian cricket like himself, such as bravo snr,ramdin,samuels and even to a certain extent Gayle have been failures in TEST cricket!!! That is the hard truth people laud samuels sudden maturity forgetting he made his debut 12 years ago!! same as gayle, these guys only have a few years left, they can be the bridge to a new greater windies but they cant be a great team ever, as the decade plus of debacles featuring messrs, bravo snr, gayle,samuels,ramdin got us nowhere!!!! Russell, pollard and narine have it all to prove i just dont like this hype like the IPL has laready made them legends. They were poor at the world cup yet now we are told are favourites to beat england

  • on June 13, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    IPL and International are two different experiences and waiting to see his performace representing his team.

  • on June 13, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    well i think Samuel rather bravo because we seehe came from back IPL what he done in W.I team. Give charles a chance in t20 rather simmons we goin win both series so come on west indies show england we are the best in the world.

  • phendel on June 13, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    how did WI after all the in-fighting get together such a powerful team??.....this is a def dream team & anything less than a win in this series will be disappointing......im following the middlesex match now & it seems this ODI team is def in sync......darren/samuels are a straight swap except samuels bowls too which is the only selection conundrum in an otherwise straightforward line-up.....GO WI

  • dariuscorny on June 13, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    @Mustafa Turab Ali which big names did India had last time.there was no Sehwag,Gambhir,Zak,Harbhajan,Yuvraj(Man of The Tournament inWC2011),Tendulkar.everyone knows India was compelled to field India B+ team.they should have won 2-3 odi matches even with that team

  • on June 13, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Looking at the Windies Squad on paper, this team appears to be alot stronger in depth than their test match counterparts. Should be a interesting series, i'd still give England the edge because of home-advantage, but i'm intrigued to see how the English go about their business, without the x-factor in their batting line-up, that is Kevin Pietersen.

  • Mayan820 on June 13, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    If England manages to remove Gayle within the first 30 -35 odd balls in the ODI's and within the first 15 odd balls in the T20 competitions, I will agree that they have a fighting chance, otherwise I am afraid the West Indies are going to win these limited over contests very easily and very quickly. In the last IPL Gayle has just begun to experiment with a new approach, i.e. to begin his innings very circumspectly and it worked pretty well for him. If he follows the same approach in England (which is likely), it will leave the English with a very small window to get him out cheaply at the start of his innings, BUT if they don't, . . . they will regret it for sure.

  • Vilander on June 13, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    return of their hero, WI to crush England.. Go WI.

  • on June 13, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    india also had big names when they last traveled to England but WOW what smacking did they received there.. do you guys still feel England is still vulnerable in ODIs?

  • on June 13, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Very hard to judge the outcome here. It's like a horse race between a sprinter and a stayer over a middle distance format. Not sure about Smith as an opener, perhaps they may be better off pushing the young Bravo up to open and make room for Russel in the powerhouse middle/late order. Gayle, Bravo, Samuels, Bravo, Pollard, Russel, Sammy, Ramdin, Narine, Roach, Rampaul would be my no.1 West Indies xi if all fit. I think that gets their best eleven cricketers into the team, ideally you'd have one more specialist batsman but until someone puts their hand up this would be my team. I'd like to see Tino in for Roach here.

  • on June 13, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Gayle and no comprasion to cook.i think you are rating cook above its capacity.its gud joke that cook is better then gayle

  • The_bowlers_Holding on June 13, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    I think the weather will be a major player in this series, it suprises me how many fans WI have in the sub-continent all of a sudden or is it just anti- England I rather suspect it is. I predict 1-1 with one game lost to the weather with Cook scoring around 90.

  • on June 13, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    i luv west indies team nd 8 will win the odi seris

  • on June 13, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    he is a great player and he can change game for wl best of luck

  • on June 13, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    For me West Indies is favourites...... want the top-order to rock..........

  • on June 13, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    I would rather make on change on that team. Take out Fidel and replace him with Tino Best.

  • on June 13, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    new West Indies team with Gayle,Pollard,Naraine,Bravo Can beat England.

  • Joby_George on June 13, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    I personally believe that West Indies are going to win this series. They fought well in the test series as well.

  • Meety on June 13, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Lots depends on Gayle, however, whilst he has topped the run scoring in the IPL, I feel that playing T20s in India have little relevance to ODIs in England. Should be a closer contest than the Tests. England would be favourites, however I would not be surprised if the WIndies take the series.

  • on June 13, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    WI team looks formidable. They have the match winners. Tino Best should be in one day squad. He is a better bowler than Fidel Edwards. I am putting my money on WI against England.

  • on June 13, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    This line up has the potential to lift the world T20 in Sri Lanka this september, as majority of players have had a great experience of playing on slow and low pitches in India. West Indies are certainly a threat... world better watch out... !!

  • on June 13, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Well WI have Gayle but England have the explosive batting talents of.... Cook!? Sounds strange I know but if you actually look at Cooks ODI record he's been averaging 50+ for several years with a strike rate of around 90 and has a career ave and SR very similar to Gayle's. 40 & 80 vs 39 & 83 for Gayle. Lies, damn lies, and statistics or has Cook somehow transformed himself into a quality ODI batsman? Time will tell but I'm backing him for greatness.

  • joseyesu on June 13, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    I think Narine's bowling work more on pressure situation just like ashwin. Welcome back Gayle and it is boost to the team. Obviously a team needs to be strong in the field than it is in the paper. A good example is MUMBAI INDIANS.

  • on June 13, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    why russle is not in the team? he is excellent all-rounder.but WI is good team.hope wi will win.

  • subbass on June 13, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    I still make England marginal favourites to win the series, it won't be easy but the conditions are on our side and KP's ODI form was poor for ages - before the tons he got in the 4-0 hammering of PAK - and we still won ODI series. But I'm under no illusions that WI are a very good ODI side and it would not surprise me if they won the series.

    Lets hope the weather does not ruin it, unfortunately that is a big concern though.

  • rienzied on June 13, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    Make them smell da leather!

  • NAZMO-CRICKFANN on June 13, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    WELL I'M ALL FOR THE HYPE

  • mus_tard on June 13, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    this windies team is very good but in all honesty, sarwan should be there or at least chanders for stability in case they collapse

  • on June 13, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    brilliant speech by pollard west indies do have a very good test side

  • on June 12, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    Good Luck to my Favorite Team, whether you are winning or loosing....will never forsake y'all.....You guys go kick some butts, God bless all of you with victories!!!!

  • Baundele on June 12, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    West Indies ODI 'team' is over rated. There are good individual players; but I doubt if they can play as a 'team' in the current circumstances. This is not IPL; Chris may find it harder to score runs against swinging fast deliveries.

  • PAK-92 on June 12, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Dinesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Fidel Edwardsl, Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine. With a line-up of this calibre, and KP now retired, I can only see one winner in this series. The battiing will be West Indies strong suit and they should be able to post a big enough score and chase down also, as the bowling is not the same without Roach. But when he is back, and a slight tweak to the line-up, I think West Indies could go really far in this years T20 world cup, and also maybe win in. They have about 5 potential match winners in Gayle, Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Roach and Narine, who can win a game on their own. Even if one of them has a really good game and the other 4 don't, they would probably win the match.Can't wait to see Gayle bat for WI, he will have something to prove. And how will England handle Narine? And how will England play without KP? Can't wait for this series to start, it better be a good one!

  • mancricbd on June 12, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    I am Bangladeshi. I love WI cricket as much as I love Bangladesh. I think pollard forgot about Darren sammy. We all seen how much of a dangerous batsmans he could be. Against Australia he showed, against India he showed. He also forgot to mention about the andre russell. I can clearly see England team will be whitewashed. There is no possible result to be honest. This is a dream ODI team WI have ever produced. Let me just give you guyz the best possible ODI X1

    Gayle, Simmons/ D smith, Samuels, DJ Bravo, Pollard, Ramdin, Russell, Sammy, Narien, Rampaul, roach means WI have two genuine batting all-rounder, two genuine bowling all-rounder. on top two opening good first bowlers, one specialist sppiner and two more than handy spinners. Batting I dont even talk about it..........ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Those were talking about KP and Bell were reading narien very easily. I am asking them with that sort of flat picth you dont need to give credit to the batsman.

  • on June 12, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Can't wait to see Chris Gayle in WI colours again. He is too good to be missed out. Hope Windies board will not make the same mistake again.Common guys,we want to see Windies of old flare again.Surely this team can do it with the energetic captaincy of Sammy .

  • Rally_Windies on June 12, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard...

    the real reason KP retired form limited overs ? Maybe ?

  • bigwonder on June 12, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    Just waiting for the POMS to call ODI the worst format of the game and repeatedly insist that there was no need for ODI series. They only like test and T20 cause they have higher ratings. Sour grapes once again for England. Go Gayle get'em

  • on June 12, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    SMH...mention of Gayle, Bravo, RAMDIN by Pollard. We get an idea of what he thinks of his captain, at least if you could mention Ramdin, you can mention him as well.

  • NikhilNair on June 12, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Hope to see some fireworks from both the big men! Been a while since cricket has seen a formidable WI team... and with a good bowling performance... WI seems to have a good combination.

  • on June 12, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Chris Gayle will be at his best to show west indies board what his team lacked for so many months and series....!!! Come on Gayle we are with u show England what Gayle Storm is all about..!!!

  • Indiaforever on June 12, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    Keiron Pollard needs to show his talent on the world stage, so far he hasn't done very well and he now has a good chance to perform. Hope he can! If Gayle performs then England will have massive problems because with the middle/lower order WI have, if they get a good start they can easily score very high.

  • on June 12, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Why is he cautious about calling the WI favorites? With all that have been said about some of the WI players over the months, this team should whitewash ENG, Anderson et al. This squad is the most explosive ODI squad in the world. No one can deny that. Nothing less than a whitewash will be accepted, barring rain. U have all rounders galore. Anything less than 3-0, this squad should be placed on a raft & set adrift. 3-0 WI!

  • johnathonjosephs on June 12, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Oh boy, I think a Gayle Storm is coming to England. Fee Fi Fo Fum, Gayle smells the blood of an English Lad. I think England is at serious disadvantage here. Kieran Pollard and Gayle returning to the West Indian squad while Kevin Pietersen drops out of the English squad. If I was a bookie, my money would be on West Indies

  • on June 12, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Good luck on Saturday fellas...go get the poms...:-)

  • on June 12, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    yeah....by seeing IPL he looks like too dangerous to opponents....

  • on June 12, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Good wisdom from a man that claims to be a youngster! Looking forward to seeing how the team together again for the first time with Gayle will apply themselves.

  • on June 12, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Well the good thing is that the coming ODIs and T20 between ENG-WEST will be closely fought, saw West Indies play in some limited over games and they are pretty decent and effective as compared to Test Cricket. As for my prediction Is till think England are strong favourites and for ODIs, I feel it will either be 3-0 or 2-1 to England and in their only T20 clash, I'd say 50:50 as both are dangerous in that format.

  • i_amVIVA on June 12, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    gail is the great, needs to be a bit more gregarious, then all is fine

  • BnH1985Fan on June 12, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Gayle certainly will be hungry -- and who better to know this than Pollard? Both have gotten used to Indian buffet meals @ IPL.

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  • BnH1985Fan on June 12, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Gayle certainly will be hungry -- and who better to know this than Pollard? Both have gotten used to Indian buffet meals @ IPL.

  • i_amVIVA on June 12, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    gail is the great, needs to be a bit more gregarious, then all is fine

  • on June 12, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Well the good thing is that the coming ODIs and T20 between ENG-WEST will be closely fought, saw West Indies play in some limited over games and they are pretty decent and effective as compared to Test Cricket. As for my prediction Is till think England are strong favourites and for ODIs, I feel it will either be 3-0 or 2-1 to England and in their only T20 clash, I'd say 50:50 as both are dangerous in that format.

  • on June 12, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Good wisdom from a man that claims to be a youngster! Looking forward to seeing how the team together again for the first time with Gayle will apply themselves.

  • on June 12, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    yeah....by seeing IPL he looks like too dangerous to opponents....

  • on June 12, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Good luck on Saturday fellas...go get the poms...:-)

  • johnathonjosephs on June 12, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Oh boy, I think a Gayle Storm is coming to England. Fee Fi Fo Fum, Gayle smells the blood of an English Lad. I think England is at serious disadvantage here. Kieran Pollard and Gayle returning to the West Indian squad while Kevin Pietersen drops out of the English squad. If I was a bookie, my money would be on West Indies

  • on June 12, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Why is he cautious about calling the WI favorites? With all that have been said about some of the WI players over the months, this team should whitewash ENG, Anderson et al. This squad is the most explosive ODI squad in the world. No one can deny that. Nothing less than a whitewash will be accepted, barring rain. U have all rounders galore. Anything less than 3-0, this squad should be placed on a raft & set adrift. 3-0 WI!

  • Indiaforever on June 12, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    Keiron Pollard needs to show his talent on the world stage, so far he hasn't done very well and he now has a good chance to perform. Hope he can! If Gayle performs then England will have massive problems because with the middle/lower order WI have, if they get a good start they can easily score very high.

  • on June 12, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Chris Gayle will be at his best to show west indies board what his team lacked for so many months and series....!!! Come on Gayle we are with u show England what Gayle Storm is all about..!!!