West Indies in England 2012 June 14, 2012

All differences rectified - Gayle

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle, who played his first innings in West Indies colours since the 2011 World Cup against Middlesex on Wednesday, has said that all differences between him and the WICB have been resolved and his aim now is to give a lift to Caribbean cricket.

"Everything has been rectified," Gayle said. "The main objective is to contribute to West Indies cricket and uplift it. I'm available for all formats of the game. Hopefully I can get some runs in whites and in coloured clothes."

Gayle had been in international exile after the World Cup following the breakdown of his relationship with the WICB and was restricted to plying his trade, quite successfully, in domestic Twenty20 leagues around the world. After prolonged discussions with the WICB, Gayle eventually pulled out of a contract with Somerset to show his commitment to West Indies, following which he was selected in the squad for the limited-overs series against England.

He began his comeback with 34 off 30 deliveries in the West Indians' big win over Middlesex in the tour match at Lord's and admitted to feeling "a bit nervous" at the start. "It is good to be back in my No. 45 jersey I represented West Indies in once. I started out a bit nervous, I am human, but things came along well after that. Unfortunately I got out. I am looking forward to the first ODI and should be in a better state of mind."

Gayle said at the moment it was very important for him to fit into the squad as quickly as possible. "Once you get settled in everything will come back to normal. You get that feel again in any environment which you have been out of for a year. Once you get back that feeling, once you get back into your comfort zone, things will be much easier.

"I want to contribute more. Hopefully get a few more centuries for West Indies. The most important thing is to try and get a couple of series wins. Because the pressure has been there. Even when I wasn't playing, the pressure has still been there outside. I am still a part of it whichever way you look at it."

Gayle has declared himself available for all three formats of the game, so should return to Test cricket on July 25 against New Zealand in Antigua - his first Test since December 2010. His return also provides a major boost to West Indies' chances at the World T20 in September.

In the absence of Gayle, and another veteran Ramnaresh Sarwan, West Indies' focus has been on building a squad for the future under coach Ottis Gibson and captain Darren Sammy. Gayle agreed that youngsters were the future. "When you look at guys like Adrian Barath or Kieran Powell or even young Darren Bravo, they have long contributions to make for West Indies cricket. They are the future. You cannot just hide them or throw them away. You still have to keep them in the group. And hopefully with experience things are going to be well."

Looking ahead to the ODI series against England, Gayle said while West Indies have a talented squad with plenty of powerhitters, they "still have a lot to do by rotating the strike, picking up the singles and playing smart cricket."

England and West Indies play three ODIs and a T20 later this month with the first one-dayer at West End on June 16.

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  • John on June 15, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    I'd say WI would be marginal favourites in this format. Gayle has been in great form in IPL and Bravo snr has also been doing some good things and with KP not playing it makes it even harder for England. Also it seems that an effective way has been found to keep a lid on Eng's scoring rate - The selection of Bell. Seriously though , Eng don't have so much pressure on them and after being whitewashed in tests in UAE they returned the scoreline in the ODIs albeit with KP very influential. I'm not sure CG likes the short ball so hopefully Eng will have done their homework here. Also I'll be interested to see how Gayle does against any quality pace attack in seaming conditions in tests.

  • GHrablle on June 15, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    My team will be Gayle,simmons,Samuels,daren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo,Smith, Pollard, russel, sammy,ramdin,narine or rampaul, But to be honest, this is the first time in ages that westindies actually have a tough time choosing the best 11, because even the subs can be picked for some of the best teams in the world. So many hitters and so many wicket takers, I'm actually impressed, and I'm very hard to impress. I honestly don't know what to say. But I'm glad gayle is back and I wish the windies the best. I know they will make me proud.For once they have a full squad. Lets hope this is a step in the right direction.

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    @Amad Asif. Sorry pal but Pollard played in all 5 ODI's vs Australia in 2012 and averaged 55 runs per innings. You need to keep up with player records.

  • Jason on June 14, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    @ Mr.Amad Asif, i realize that u don't know how this match on saturday is going to make u eat those words for all 3 square meals on that day. good luck pappy apparently u haven't seen the gayle force in action, tune in on sat.

  • david on June 14, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    i think it will be a very hard series for england to win. when i look at the WI team it looks very strong. they were very unlucky in the aussie odi series a month or so ago as they deserved to win. with the WI team stronger this time. if the rain stays away, england will be wanting overcast condititions they have a chance as soton can help seam bowlers. i take 1 - 2 WI.

  • Amjad on June 14, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    All things rectified, for the time being you mean, come next IPL and the circus will start once more.

  • anthony on June 14, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    they brought narine in, gayle is now available for tests, just bring in DJ bravo for sammy as well as russell, and the test team will be a lot stronger. gayle, barath, edwards, bravo, chanders, samuel, bravo, ramdin, russell, narine, roach.

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    I dont really see GAyle doing anything more than ordinary. He has been playing domestic leagues and scoring runs there. It will be a completely different story in International Cricket. Just like we have seen pollard doing well in the IPL but failing in International Matches. Dont really think England has much to worry about.

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    what a line up wi has.... gayle u r the best

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Welcome back ONRY...give dem hell son...

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