World Cup 2015: West Indies March 18, 2015

Gayle has injection in attempt to ease back

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Chris Gayle has had an injection in his back to try and aid his long-standing complaint ahead of West Indies' World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand in Wellington, but Darren Sammy said Gayle "is not missing this quarter-final for anybody."

Gayle did not play against UAE in Napier as West Indies secured the win that enabled them to progress to the knockouts at the expense of Ireland, who had beaten them early in the tournament.

He underwent a scan in Wellington and did not attend training on Wednesday. It is understood the West Indies management are taking a day-by-day approach to assessing Gayle, but Sammy provided an upbeat assessment of his prognosis.

"Chris is not missing this quarter-final for anybody," he said. "He is more pumped up than we are. He's been writing down the path for us and the different scenarios. We've had teams who had the better of us and he's said we've got a chance of meeting them in the semis when it matters, when it hurts the most.

"Chris is pumped up just like everyone in the dressing room. It's unfortunate that this chronic back injury keeps hindering his progress. He won't miss that quarter-final."

Chris Gayle's one stand-out performance at the World Cup so far was a vast innings © ICC

Gayle is West Indies' leading run-scorer in the tournament with 279 runs at 55.80, though 215 of those came in one innings against Zimbabwe. In his absence against UAE, Johnson Charles made 55 off 40 balls, and if Gayle is able to return it will be his opening partner Dwayne Smith under most pressure for his place after making 93 runs in six innings.

Sammy said due respect would be given to New Zealand's attack and some early caution would be advisable, but that Gayle would trust his instincts. "Chris is an experienced player but once he's at the crease anything is possible. That doesn't mean if they bowl half volleys then we won't hit them into the stands. We just have to be more selective and execute properly.

"You've got to give credit, they have been the best new-ball pair in the World Cup and they've done it consistently. If you don't allow them to take wickets then a different game plan has to come to the party so you get the Andersons and the other guys and let them come back into their third spells and then you cash in. The guys who don't lose wickets in the first 10 overs, when the ball is new, tend to go on and score 300-plus."

Andrew McGlashan is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • K on March 18, 2015, 20:59 GMT

    True that Sammy; just see off the first 10 overs, Southee and Boult. Simmons/Charles and Carter should open, have Gayle bat at maybe #4 or 5, when the ball is not swinging or bouncing, so he can cash in.

  • Ricardo on March 18, 2015, 20:34 GMT

    They are banking on Gayle, but if Sammy and the others observe any type of cricket Gayle is only good for one score in any tournament , so they others will have to score ...someone will have to score a big hundred if they are to win.

    it all depends on what happens previously because i believe in trends if the top teams are winning, i doubt WI will prevail. they too much hit or miss.

  • Sunil on March 18, 2015, 18:24 GMT

    West Indies can defeat NZ but Strategic Planning is Important. Chris Gayle is a Test Opening Batsman but WI need to secure his wicket when NZ is most dangerous, in the first ten overs. Hence WI, should open with either of the Three, Simmon, Ramdin or Johnson Charles . Chris need to bat at Nr. 4. It is also important that Russell, Sammy and Holder bat at least 15 overs among them.

  • Faiq Gul on March 18, 2015, 16:06 GMT

    imran Tahir was better than JP... JP got lucky and took Tahir's shine away with a hat trick.

  • kartikeya on March 18, 2015, 13:33 GMT

    my team- charles, simmons, samuels, gayle, ramdin, , holder, sammy, russell, taylor, miller, benn(this is the batting order also

  • kartikeya on March 18, 2015, 11:51 GMT

    my team- charles, simmons, samuels, gayle, ramdin, simmons, holder, sammy, russell, taylor, benn (this is the batting order also

  • Stratocaster on March 18, 2015, 6:18 GMT

    Apart from a 215 against Zimbabwe, what has CG done? Slog and mow for a while then nick off.

  • thirumalesh on March 18, 2015, 4:50 GMT

    my lineup for QF.. 1. Charles 2. Gayle, 3 Simmons. 4 . Carter. 5 Sammuels . 6 Ramadhin (becoause no other option). 7. Holder. 8 Russel. 9 Sammy (Russel and Sammy interchangable based on situation). 10. Taylor. 11, Benn

  • thirumalesh on March 18, 2015, 4:04 GMT

    Holder has to bat much higher if WI has to make impact. He knows how to pace his innings and be selective in attacking so that he should bat @ 7 and be at the other end when sammy and Russel try to go berserk.

  • abhijeet on March 18, 2015, 3:05 GMT

    Trent boult will easily knock over Chris gayle in his very 1 st spell.......either bowled or caught behind....can't see him making an impact......as far as 2nd string bowlers are conceded......I don't this nz have any....I think everyone has forgotten that cj Anderson has already pucked up 10 wickets in this tournament.....vettori boult and southee are all 10+.......and Milne has also produced some tearaway pace....so no concerns for nz ...this will be a cakewalk for them

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