England in West Indies 2013-14 February 22, 2014

Gayle ruled out of England ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dean 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

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

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

  • suresh 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Ricardo 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.

  • Sammy 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.

  • Android 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

  • Android 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.

  • Dummy4 on February 23, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Good decision. IPL is not far away!

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