England in West Indies 2013-14 February 22, 2014

Gayle ruled out of England ODIs

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Chris Gayle has been ruled out of the one-day series against England after suffering lower back pain following the first Twenty20 involving Ireland as West Indies try to ensure he is fit for the World Twenty20. Dwayne Smith, the allrounder, has been called into the squads for both the one-off Ireland match and England series as a replacement.

The opening T20 match against Ireland was Gayle's first competitive fixture since he injured his hamstring during the one-day series in India last November which led to him missing the entire tour of New Zealand and the domestic Nagico Super50 tournament.

A WICB statement said: "Gayle experienced stiffness in his lower back following the first T20 International against Ireland on Wednesday. He had precautionary scans and will have medical management and necessary treatment in Jamaica."

Following the second T20 against Ireland, which West Indies won to level the series, Darren Sammy said a cautious approach would be taken with Gayle ahead of their World Twenty20 defence in Bangladesh before which they face England in three T20s in Barbados early next month.

"He is really working hard on his fitness, but he was feeling just a little soreness in his lower back and we decided we are not going to take the chance," he said. "He is very important for us and we have already lost the services of [Kieron] Pollard so we are giving Chris the best possible chance for him to be fit and recover nicely for us to use him in the future."

Smith faced Ireland in the two T20 matches which marked his return to the international fold after a gap of more than a year. He was the highest run-scorer and MVP in the Super50 tournament where he made 232 runs in four innings at 58.

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  • SirViv1973 on February 25, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    @Hussain Kurawadwala, I agree re Gayle loosing interest in International cricket. I think he will probably continue to make himself available for WI until the WC next year & then he will see out his playing days on the T20 curcuit.

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    In reply to Darren Cook. I think you're being a little harsh about Gayle. He has scored test match centuries in England, South Africa and Australia, with conditions slightly favouring bowling, over batting. You might have a point about him scoring big runs on flat pitches, but who hasn't?...and to have the temperament to score a triple century twice, still takes alot of effort and concentration. What's technique got to do with it?..as somebody mentioned Sehwag wasn't the most technically gifted, but destroyed alot of bowling attacks and Steve Waugh hardly moved his feet from the crease against pace, seam or swing, yet became one of the most successful test match batsmen of the modern era. What bothers me about Gayle is his languid body-language to give the impression to only put his head down and perform, when he feels like it. Alot of times he goes in, hits a few boundaries and gets himself out. Alot of batsmen these days want to be superstars instead of leaving a long term legacy.

  • JG2704 on February 23, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    suresh419 on (February 23, 2014, 19:29 GMT) Thanks for the heads up

  • suresh419 on February 23, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Kieron Pollard picked up knee injury while playing in a charity football match way after the limacol caribbean premier league 2013.

  • on February 23, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    he is a useless player anyways not consistent. only shines in IPL. I am sure he will be fit and shining just before IPL. I am sure west indies got far better player than him.

  • ricardowill on February 23, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    West Indies need to settle on a team with a core of players that are groomed for the longterm. We need to play Narine in that core. We need Holder, Cummings and Cotteral. We need to develop these fast bowlers in the manner of a Mitchell Johnson venom. We need them to be combative with the ball. The West Indies batting though is the main bother. The batsmen need to do yoga to develop mental toughness, to take each moment one ball at a time. While they are at it pick up a copy of the book "Dear God: An Impatient Conversation with a Patient God." This book will teach players how to believe again and overcome failure and return to the glory days of the 70's and 80's.

  • samincolumbia on February 23, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    What a boring series...an ODI against England. He has to get fit for the IPL in time,anyway.

  • on February 23, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    @darren cook- how did gayle scored 333 against sri lanka without any technique or footwork.you seem to have very little knowledge about cricket. gayle has very good hand eye co-ordination and quick footwork just like sehwag. you should have lookrd at gayle test career before commenting

  • on February 23, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Hmm its unfortunate that after 2011 WC Gayle had issues with board and lost interest in W.I. cricket .One of the most talented batsmen .He could have scored 10000 in both tests and ODI s instead he'll have to settle with 8000 odd in odi and 6000 in test. I think before the spat he was in the league of KP Sehwag Jayasuriya Gibbs who we thought could be suitable for only limited overs as they played attacking cricket but were very effective in tests.

  • on February 23, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Good decision. IPL is not far away!

  • SirViv1973 on February 25, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    @Hussain Kurawadwala, I agree re Gayle loosing interest in International cricket. I think he will probably continue to make himself available for WI until the WC next year & then he will see out his playing days on the T20 curcuit.

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    In reply to Darren Cook. I think you're being a little harsh about Gayle. He has scored test match centuries in England, South Africa and Australia, with conditions slightly favouring bowling, over batting. You might have a point about him scoring big runs on flat pitches, but who hasn't?...and to have the temperament to score a triple century twice, still takes alot of effort and concentration. What's technique got to do with it?..as somebody mentioned Sehwag wasn't the most technically gifted, but destroyed alot of bowling attacks and Steve Waugh hardly moved his feet from the crease against pace, seam or swing, yet became one of the most successful test match batsmen of the modern era. What bothers me about Gayle is his languid body-language to give the impression to only put his head down and perform, when he feels like it. Alot of times he goes in, hits a few boundaries and gets himself out. Alot of batsmen these days want to be superstars instead of leaving a long term legacy.

  • JG2704 on February 23, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    suresh419 on (February 23, 2014, 19:29 GMT) Thanks for the heads up

  • suresh419 on February 23, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Kieron Pollard picked up knee injury while playing in a charity football match way after the limacol caribbean premier league 2013.

  • on February 23, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    he is a useless player anyways not consistent. only shines in IPL. I am sure he will be fit and shining just before IPL. I am sure west indies got far better player than him.

  • ricardowill on February 23, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    West Indies need to settle on a team with a core of players that are groomed for the longterm. We need to play Narine in that core. We need Holder, Cummings and Cotteral. We need to develop these fast bowlers in the manner of a Mitchell Johnson venom. We need them to be combative with the ball. The West Indies batting though is the main bother. The batsmen need to do yoga to develop mental toughness, to take each moment one ball at a time. While they are at it pick up a copy of the book "Dear God: An Impatient Conversation with a Patient God." This book will teach players how to believe again and overcome failure and return to the glory days of the 70's and 80's.

  • samincolumbia on February 23, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    What a boring series...an ODI against England. He has to get fit for the IPL in time,anyway.

  • on February 23, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    @darren cook- how did gayle scored 333 against sri lanka without any technique or footwork.you seem to have very little knowledge about cricket. gayle has very good hand eye co-ordination and quick footwork just like sehwag. you should have lookrd at gayle test career before commenting

  • on February 23, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Hmm its unfortunate that after 2011 WC Gayle had issues with board and lost interest in W.I. cricket .One of the most talented batsmen .He could have scored 10000 in both tests and ODI s instead he'll have to settle with 8000 odd in odi and 6000 in test. I think before the spat he was in the league of KP Sehwag Jayasuriya Gibbs who we thought could be suitable for only limited overs as they played attacking cricket but were very effective in tests.

  • on February 23, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Good decision. IPL is not far away!

  • on February 23, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Gayle could be a huge loss for the West Indies if the pitches are very batsmen friendly, Gayle is one of the greatest flat track bullies I have ever seen! he has no footwork and is completely out of his depth in International cricket on bowler friendly tracks but is able to win games on flat decks where having a decent technique has no bearing....

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on February 23, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    What a relief for England fans!

  • on February 23, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    One has to wonder as to why Chris Gayle is still considered for spot in WI side? HE IS DONE. Let us move on.

  • on February 23, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    I think the real news is when Gayle is fit for International Cricket than not because being fit is the exception.

  • JG2704 on February 23, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Could someone enlighten me re Pollard's injury? It seems he's not played for WI for some time.

    It's a shame for the fans that Gayle is missing but I'm sure he is getting his priorities right so that he is good for the IPL - I mean T20WC

  • on February 23, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    You are right WI cricket like any other team will be" in doldrum" until it finds a way to stop depending on certain players and educate its SUPPORTERS that players are human beings who have free choice. Supporters decide which games to attend or pay for and players injured or not decide who the want to perform for and how much

  • CodandChips on February 23, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    He must be gutted to miss out on the chance of facing Jade Dernbach

  • on February 23, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    he should b kick out from W.I team

  • on February 23, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    There is no injury. Following Dhoni's way, he wants to be fit and rested before IPL!

  • RibhavBansal on February 23, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    Come IPL, both Gayle and Pollard would even play thorugh dodgy knees and spasmic backs but not for their country, Pollard has been missing from the scene for over a year now, Gayle just played his first international game in more than 6 months and got injured again.

  • BRUTALANALYST on February 23, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Powell and Dwayne Smith is a better combination anyway and Smith is also a good fielder, with Gayle you basically have to field with 10 men as he just stands at slip for basically an entire game like Inzaman.

    This would be my 11 but W.I will likely play another batsman in place of a bowler in that case I'd go Simmons ahead of Samuels. Jonathan Carter really deserved a shot here it was the perfect opportunity to make a debut.

    1.Powell 2.Smith 3.Edwards 4.Darren 5.Dwayne 6.Ramdin 7.Sammy 8.Holder 9.Miller 10.Narine 11.Cummings

  • on February 23, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    Wish you a fast Recovery. Millions want to watch Gayle play ...

  • simonviller on February 23, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    I hope Smith is given the necessary time to settle in this time ,before the bosses come calling for his head .

  • mshyder on February 23, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Honestly speaking even Gayle's presence does not make much difference for WI, as Gayle and Pollard only perform in IPL. Wonder where they forget their knack of scoring big when playing for WI ?

  • Herath-UK on February 23, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    Well he is following Dhoni's & getting some 'rest' for the all important IPL. No wonder WI cricket is in doldrums.

  • Ncnotorious on February 22, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    This I don't mind...but I think he should at least play the T20s vs England (even one) as a warm up for T20 WC

  • Starvybz on February 22, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    i know gayle is quite old but west indies really have poor management when it comes to their players. When was the last time we have seen roach and rampaul bowling in tandem.

  • on February 22, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    Gayle became too heavy. He often looses his balance over his fitness. That's really hurts WI. If the key player of a team suffers from injury almost 8 months out of a year, then the whole team suffers.

  • JoshFromJamRock on February 22, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    1)Gayle 2)Smith 3)Fletcher 4)Simmons 5)Bravo 6)Sammy 7)Russell 8)Ramdin 9)Narine 10)Badree 11)Santokie.

    This is a decent team for T20. Its got economy bowlers (Narine, Santokie, and Badree). Its got IPL-experienced big hitters (Gayle, Smith, Sammy and Russell). These seven can be expected to be main match-turning players. Bravo, Simmons, Fletcher and Ramdin will have their days. Apart from selecting them in the XI, the players need to change their mentality first which unfortunately is hugely dependent on the coach, of which, isn't too good at that.

  • sheru-sher on February 22, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    Gayle is ensuring he is fit for IPL.

  • on February 22, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    Very sad that Gayle & Pollard both misses matches against England. These are the very crucial practice matches ahead of WC-T20, All the Best westindies team hope u will push ur triger & win series against the britishers as they r also without KP.

  • dan9 on February 22, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    Must've been that batting in sunglasses that did it.

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  • dan9 on February 22, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    Must've been that batting in sunglasses that did it.

  • on February 22, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    Very sad that Gayle & Pollard both misses matches against England. These are the very crucial practice matches ahead of WC-T20, All the Best westindies team hope u will push ur triger & win series against the britishers as they r also without KP.

  • sheru-sher on February 22, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    Gayle is ensuring he is fit for IPL.

  • JoshFromJamRock on February 22, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    1)Gayle 2)Smith 3)Fletcher 4)Simmons 5)Bravo 6)Sammy 7)Russell 8)Ramdin 9)Narine 10)Badree 11)Santokie.

    This is a decent team for T20. Its got economy bowlers (Narine, Santokie, and Badree). Its got IPL-experienced big hitters (Gayle, Smith, Sammy and Russell). These seven can be expected to be main match-turning players. Bravo, Simmons, Fletcher and Ramdin will have their days. Apart from selecting them in the XI, the players need to change their mentality first which unfortunately is hugely dependent on the coach, of which, isn't too good at that.

  • on February 22, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    Gayle became too heavy. He often looses his balance over his fitness. That's really hurts WI. If the key player of a team suffers from injury almost 8 months out of a year, then the whole team suffers.

  • Starvybz on February 22, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    i know gayle is quite old but west indies really have poor management when it comes to their players. When was the last time we have seen roach and rampaul bowling in tandem.

  • Ncnotorious on February 22, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    This I don't mind...but I think he should at least play the T20s vs England (even one) as a warm up for T20 WC

  • Herath-UK on February 23, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    Well he is following Dhoni's & getting some 'rest' for the all important IPL. No wonder WI cricket is in doldrums.

  • mshyder on February 23, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Honestly speaking even Gayle's presence does not make much difference for WI, as Gayle and Pollard only perform in IPL. Wonder where they forget their knack of scoring big when playing for WI ?

  • simonviller on February 23, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    I hope Smith is given the necessary time to settle in this time ,before the bosses come calling for his head .