West Indies v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Kingston July 5, 2012

Good start key for West Indies - Gayle

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle, the West Indies batsman, has emphasised the need for his team to start the upcoming five-match ODI series against New Zealand on a winning note. West Indies are fresh from a Twenty20 series win over New Zealand in Florida, with Gayle in impressive form, having struck three half-centuries since his return to the side.

"The start to this series is very important," Gayle said on the eve of the first ODI in Jamaica. "From a personal point of view, I want to do well in my home town. I will just look at it as another game. I will look to give the team a good start, look to see what the bowlers are doing, and once I get set, look to capitalise and make it count."

Gayle admitted he'd been relatively slow to start an innings before going on to dominate, something he also experienced in the IPL. "I don't know why that has been happening. If I get a bad ball early, that can give me the momentum to be more attacking. If that doesn't happen, you had to adapt to the situation, get the feel and know what the ball is doing. Sometimes as a batsman, things go your way from ball one."

The track at Sabina Park, Gayle said, promised a lot of runs. "The pitch looks good ... [it] should be a very good track for batting. I believe there could be some assistance for the fast bowlers early on as well and at some stage you could expect the spinners to come into play. I have played here many times and I'm accustomed to the conditions so we know what to expect.

"The last time I walked off Sabina Park I was raising my bat after I got 165 for Jamaica against Windward Islands. That people of Jamaica have not had cricket at Sabina for a while so it is good to have cricket come back to Jamaica. I would love to get a hundred here and raise my bat again."

West Indies were beaten in their previous ODI series, against England, and Darren Sammy, their captain, said there were areas, even in the T20 wins against New Zealand, his team had to improve in. "We're looking for consistency," Sammy said. "For the past few series we haven't started well. In the first game, we bowled a few boundary balls. We started off the overs well, and eased off the pressure in the fifth and sixth balls."

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  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Chris Gayle you are rock !!!!

  • steven on July 5, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    looking for entertainment too! From big Jake, baz when he finally gets over, and Kane to show his style

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Sorry for dissapointing the NZ fans out here but I think this NZ side is more of a B NZ side with many guys missing in the mix. WI on the other hand are looking good and WI always compete when they play at home. With Gayle back into the side,WI look great. High time,WI takes this series seriously and destroy NZ because you need this killing instinct to become a good side. Also,with the T20 WC coming in[Which is in Lanka],WI have got a good chance. Gayle,Pollard,Bravo,Rampaul,NARINE etc-All very good players. Hope WI Cricket kicks on from here.

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Relatively slow to start. What is wrong with that? That is the way it should be. Relatively slow for Gayle is top speed for most batters. And when Gayle dominates he dominates, no question about that. Let him c us through the 1st 15 ovs & then he can break lose, if he so desire. Well I hope my 'BOY',Mr Excuse(Sammy),do justice to his position as captain. I have some bets in the game so let's c how things go.

  • NasarKhan124 on July 5, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Christopher Henry Gayle?? Nope! Its Christopher 'Hurricane' Gayle! He will be a key to unlock win for the Windies! Hope he shows his devastating performance against the Kiwis!

  • Earlla on July 5, 2012, 13:24 GMT


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