West Indies news February 5, 2012

Gayle says first-class century felt like Test ton

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • KDoc 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.

  • 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

  • Technical-1 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!

  • 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.....

  • 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.....

  • NikhilNair 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!

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • 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

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

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

  • KDoc 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.

  • 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

  • Technical-1 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!

  • 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.....

  • 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.....

  • NikhilNair 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!

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • 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

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

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

  • Technical-1 on February 6, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Just Say! The Great Man CG.. Is an asset to the Game! I only watch Cricket because of him! Because the Great Man Sir... Tony Cozier! I love the excitement that CH brings to the Game.

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Hayle King Gayle .. no luck for the WI

  • on February 6, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Chris Gayle for captain of WI, this is proof, and bring back sarwan and shiv so we can play our best players..its just that simple...no need to make things complicated Mr. hunte.

  • on February 6, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    @ Philroy - It is alleged that WICB was trying to shield golden boy Sammy from angry fans in Jamaica who would have jeered him & given him a hard time. Plus maybe Gayle would have made extra effort to go after him with the bat. I guess they didnt like how we reacted when he dropped Dravid @ Sabina on 13 last year & basically cost us the match & the Series!! Well in my opinion If He isnt man enough to admit that he cant manage the captaincy well he deserves all the criticism, jeering & stick we would have given him & more!!

  • ArtenKunwar on February 6, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    The power pack of the world cricket...WICB was so unlucky not to have select him in the west indian team. he might take WI cricket to the new height with his huge potential...one of the unluckiest and ruthless cricket board of the world...Gayle is truly a big ambassador of cricket..if you left aside Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar...

  • on February 6, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    its gayle magic with the bat...........

  • on February 6, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    would have been awesome to watch that hundred.

  • nzcricket174 on February 6, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    The international audience want him back!

  • on February 6, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    And to think that I decided to stay home yesterday!! Real sorry I missed it. Then again i didnt know how much the tickets were or anything. Regional cricket is not advertised very well it seems. Occasions like these are the only chance we have of seeing Gayle. Too bad he's leaving to play BPL

  • Meety on February 5, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    Gee, the WIndies young guns in their batting line up would look good book-ended by Gayle at the top & Shiv @5 or #6! On top of that, Gayle is a pretty good spin bowler, (often under appreciated)!

  • Philroy on February 5, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    Now west indies can see what the test team is missing Gayle.If Sammy did play in this game he would like some stick from Gayle

  • playitstraight on February 5, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    If West Indies do not include Gayle in their squad for this year's World T20, then we Indians will gladly take him into our team. I mean, his talent is going waste in just playing domestic competitions, if he can play for a national team, it will be good for him. I hope he will agree if asked, he could be payed by the millions for each match. Good luck Gayle!!!

  • on February 5, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Heck, World cricket and the test audience need him!

  • on February 5, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    He is a class player. The West Indies need him.

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  • on February 5, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    He is a class player. The West Indies need him.

  • on February 5, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Heck, World cricket and the test audience need him!

  • playitstraight on February 5, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    If West Indies do not include Gayle in their squad for this year's World T20, then we Indians will gladly take him into our team. I mean, his talent is going waste in just playing domestic competitions, if he can play for a national team, it will be good for him. I hope he will agree if asked, he could be payed by the millions for each match. Good luck Gayle!!!

  • Philroy on February 5, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    Now west indies can see what the test team is missing Gayle.If Sammy did play in this game he would like some stick from Gayle

  • Meety on February 5, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    Gee, the WIndies young guns in their batting line up would look good book-ended by Gayle at the top & Shiv @5 or #6! On top of that, Gayle is a pretty good spin bowler, (often under appreciated)!

  • on February 6, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    And to think that I decided to stay home yesterday!! Real sorry I missed it. Then again i didnt know how much the tickets were or anything. Regional cricket is not advertised very well it seems. Occasions like these are the only chance we have of seeing Gayle. Too bad he's leaving to play BPL

  • nzcricket174 on February 6, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    The international audience want him back!

  • on February 6, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    would have been awesome to watch that hundred.

  • on February 6, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    its gayle magic with the bat...........

  • ArtenKunwar on February 6, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    The power pack of the world cricket...WICB was so unlucky not to have select him in the west indian team. he might take WI cricket to the new height with his huge potential...one of the unluckiest and ruthless cricket board of the world...Gayle is truly a big ambassador of cricket..if you left aside Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar...