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Gayle ruled out of England ODIs

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February 22, 2014

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Chris Gayle hits out on his return to West Indies action, West Indies v Ireland, 1st T20, Kingston, February 19, 2014
Chris Gayle's return to West Indies colours has been interrupted by another injury © West Indies Cricket
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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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Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 23, 2014, 20:43 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by android_user 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

Posted by android_user 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.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

Good decision. IPL is not far away!

Posted by   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....

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 23, 2014, 13:41 GMT)

What a relief for England fans!

Posted by   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.

Posted by android_user 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by wapuser 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

Posted by CodandChips on (February 23, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

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

Posted by android_user on (February 23, 2014, 7:46 GMT)

he should b kick out from W.I team

Posted by android_user on (February 23, 2014, 7:25 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by   on (February 23, 2014, 4:21 GMT)

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

Posted by 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 .

Posted by 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 ?

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by sheru-sher on (February 22, 2014, 22:14 GMT)

Gayle is ensuring he is fit for IPL.

Posted by wapuser 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.

Posted by dan9 on (February 22, 2014, 21:21 GMT)

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

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