West Indies news February 5, 2012

Gayle says first-class century felt like Test ton

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle has said his century for Jamaica against Windward Islands in the Regional four-day competition in the West Indies felt like a Test hundred. It was Gayle's first first-class match in over a year; the last was in a Test in Pallekele in December 2010. Since then, Gayle has enjoyed success in the Twenty20 format but he proved his credentials in the longer format at Sabina Park, where his 165 off 155 balls is the only score over 50 in the match so far.

Gayle tweeted that the hundred was particularly special because it was his first against Windwards, meaning he now has centuries against all the Caribbean teams.

His innings, on the second day, came after both Jamaica and Windwards had failed to go past 200 in their first innings - Jamaica had a 21-run lead. The rest of Jamaica's batsmen struggled again in their second attempt, and Gayle's 165 made up the bulk of the 262 for 7 they had reached by stumps. He slammed 14 sixes and eight fours, hooking and cutting the fast bowlers and lofting the spinners down the ground.

"It was a class innings," Windward Islands captain Liam Sebastian said. "In fact, it was the only real innings of note, as apart from André Russell, who was 20-odd not out towards the end, no other player really bothered us."

Gayle's desire to play the long format has been questioned in the past - he once turned up to captain West Indies in a Test the morning before the game because he was playing the IPL. He answered those criticisms with a triple-century in Galle on the tour of Sri Lanka in 2010, but since that tour has not played Test cricket due to an ongoing impasse with the West Indies Cricket Board.

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  • K on February 8, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Thats right, rub it in the WICB incompetent administrators. Lets wait for a mauling by the Aussies of the "Little Boys" in the WI team.

  • Dummy4 on February 8, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    we should pick our best team to face the australian, 1 c. gayle,2a .barath,3k. edwards,4 darren bravo,5 s. chanderpaul,6r. sarwan,7d.ramdin capt& wk,8 r. rampaul,9f. edwards,10k.roach,11 d. bishoo,12 a. russell,13 l. simmons

  • Devon L on February 7, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Smiling! Saket! You are being hypocritical, you are speaking out of both side of your mouth. Rants then compliment.. CG is a Jovial Person.. Watch some of his off game videos.. the guy like to have fun.. Lighten up Mon.. The Game does well with him.. and the other great and exciting players!

  • Dummy4 on February 7, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Well done Christopher. I hope we get to see you playing for the West Indies sooner rather than later....... West Indies cricket needs you, heck the whole cricketing world needs to see you back in action........ I only hope that you get called up for the series against Australia. We need to see our best players play against an ever improving Aussie side and Chris is definitely one of our best.....

  • Dummy4 on February 7, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    Judging by the names of posters, few are from neutral countries...whereas, I am. Gayle is probably one of the most exciting players of cricket anywhere in the world - but he also knows his own reputation and seems to play on it. However, he's a sound tactician and a brilliant team player....but you too must give your all. So give him a captain he can trust; use him fully (bowling too) and let him loose! WI status will soar! Quick - before all the gloss and ability wears off.....

  • Nikhil on February 6, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Gayle should just trash the WI board and team and play for another international team. It would obviously be difficult playing against your own nation... but if the board doesn't care about him... he shouldn't either!

  • Dummy4 on February 6, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Well done my friend. You have silenced those who kept saying that the WICC should leave you out of the test team. You have proved that you are the best batsman in the West Indies and shold be a regular in any type pf cricket in the West Indies team.

  • Dummy4 on February 6, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    People call Tendulkar over-rated, but this guy to me is THE most over-rated batter today. All he does is play in domestic competitions and tweet ridiculous stuff like the above. He's so full of himself, he even says that he has now completed 100s against all teams!! Imagine Kallis, Dravid, Tendulkar, Waugh, Richards etc. tom-tomming minor achievements like these....yeah, won't happen....at this point, that's as close as you are going to get to a Test 100, Mr. Full-Of-Himself Gayle....although I hope that changes soon, because at your best, you are up there with the rest....

  • Dummy4 on February 6, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    gayle is gayle, he as shown what wi is missing, throwout sammie and coach add dwayne bravo, sunil narine, russel, holder, santoki....see the result......man the aussies are coming ,pl make the best side play ...for god sake ...for cricket sake

  • Nigel on February 6, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Let's see if the WICB will contact him to play again...

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