'Hopefully I can get a big one' - Gayle
Chris Gayle has admitted New Zealand have a firm advantage after the third day of the Kingston Test, but said West Indies were hopeful of bowling the visitors out for a low score. New Zealand's bowlers, led by Tim Southee and debutant offspinner Mark Craig kept West Indies to 262 and their overall lead stretched to 260 at close of play.
"Getting a nice start and getting a half-century was vital. From a team point of view, [I'm] disappointed that we are fielding again today. A couple of guys didn't get a start but that's cricket," Gayle said. "New Zealand are in the driver's seat now, so hopefully, tomorrow, whatever total is set, if we can bowl them out early, it's game on. We still have to be positive. But from my personal point of view, I thought Southee bowled well all morning. I survived that first session, which was a vital one. I guess he deserved a wicket in his second spell, the way he bowled in the morning. Like I said, I am looking forward to batting second and hopefully I can get a big one."
West Indies began the third day at 19 for 0 and while Gayle and Kieran Powell extended their opening stand to 60, three wickets in 11 balls reduced West Indies to 60 for 3. They were hit again after lunch, this time by Southee, who accounted for Gayle and Marlon Samuels. Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo and Samuels were dismissed for ducks, and Gayle said the younger batsmen may look at batting differently in the second innings.
"I am not disappointed in them because to be honest to get a start is always key and for someone who faces two balls and gets out, it's a little harsh to go hard at them," he said.
"But I am sure they will look into themselves and change their style of batting when they come out in the second innings. I am sure it's something they are looking forward to - to do something differently. They are very key players, they are vital to the team as well, specially for the future."