West Indies news May 26, 2014

Gayle to seek treatment for back injury

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Chris Gayle has said he will seek treatment in Germany for an injured back to ensure he is fit for the home Tests against New Zealand. Gayle is eyeing a return to fitness for the first Test in Kingston, which begins on June 8. If he plays, it will be his 100th Test match. The opening batsman suffered the injury after the World T20 in March and missed a few games for his franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore, at the start of IPL 2014.

"It started at the end of the T20 World Cup. I thought initially it was a simple thing but I went back home for a couple of days," Gayle told Indian Express. "Then I travelled back to Dubai to play in the IPL and when I started training I found it difficult. I could not bat properly and bending was a problem and sprinting between the wickets was a problem even though you guys don't see me running much. It was difficult but I tried my best."

Gayle has been struggling with injuries in the recent past. He last played a Test against India in November 2013. A hamstring injury he suffered in the first ODI against India sidelined him from the rest of the series and West Indies' tour to New Zealand in December 2013. He made a return to the side for the limited-overs matches against Ireland, but missed the ODIs against England in February this year due to lower back pain. If not for all this, Gayle said he would have played his 100th Test "a long time back".

"It will mean a lot to me," he said. "I have been serving West Indies cricket for the last 13 years and going on to 14 years now, I am actually looking forward to this milestone. I have missed out on the last couple of months because of injury. I was supposed to get past this milestone a long time back but it didn't happen. As a cricketer these things happen and you pick injuries at crucial times.

"I still have an injury now and I am trying to get it sorted as quickly as possible so I can be fully fit for the special occasion. It is going to be played at home so it is a big occasion for me and for the people back home too. I don't have much time but hopefully it will work out and I will be back on the field quickly."

Gayle has been named in the 15-member West Indies training squad that will participate in a preparatory camp ahead of the Tests against New Zealand. Gayle is expected to join the camp on June 1, along with Sunil Narine, who is currently playing the IPL for his franchise Kolkata Knight Riders. Dwayne Bravo and Kemar Roach, who are coming off shoulder injuries, are also a part of the squad, along with Jamaica pacer Jerome Taylor, who returned to cricket after being sidelined by injury for more than three years.

The final squad for the Tests will be announced at a later date.

West Indies training squad: Denesh Ramdin (captain), Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Shane Shillingford, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor

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  • on June 2, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    please bring Brendon Nash in test squad

  • on June 2, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    great news of coming back of Benn,Roach and Taylor but felt uneasy about Brendon Nash and Sarwan are out.

  • tutorial on May 29, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    @lexingtonnorth. Well said!! Thank you for cementing my point.

  • on May 29, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Good to see Benn and Taylor return back in the fold. When was the last time the Windies had three fulltime spinners in the reckoning of a Test Match Squad?...Also good to see Holder get a opportunity, there's not that many frontline bowlers in the Caribbean who can bowl a consistant and probing line outside off-stump (Ravi Ramps?), let's hope that Holder breaks the trend of unpredictable line and length. At Gayle's age his body seems to be on it's last legs, particularly for Test Cricket and possibly ODIs. Can't say that i'm convinced with Kirk Edwards, his body-language looks apprehensive, vunerable and doesn't fill me with confidence as a top order batsman. I'd still pick the outcast Sarwan over him. Narine is tough to read in T20s, but still has to work on his variation in Test matches.

  • VivGilchrist on May 29, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    @tutorial, Simmons is in good domestic league T20 form. I dont see the relevance to Test cricket, facing different bowling, different tactics, etc. His red ball record and recent FC form back me up.

  • tutorial on May 28, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    @paddyrasta1. How about Blackwood's duck in the second innings? We cannot assume that a young player is gifted, wait for consistency. One would argue that Leon Johnson and Fudadin makes a better fit in the WI.team base upon their "LIST A" records. I can name multiple young players that failed because they were rushed and couldn't make that leap, this is one of the reasons WI.cricket is failing badly. I can make more of a case if i wanted too but since Sarwan is not in the Squad it doesn't make any sense. @vivgilchrist. you talked about form but don't like Simmons,he is in AWESOME FORM and i would pick him instead of Powell.

  • PaddyRasta2 on May 28, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    @ tutorial I not Jamaican and I would not presume you to be Guyanese either. We both want the best for our team. This is the chance to introduce a new player and I certainly do not believe it will ruin Blackwood. There is hunger which is lacking in the experienced players. Why is Sarwan not excelling in second division Leicestershire? We can't blame Gibson anymore. Figure it out for yourself. Ah gone.

  • tutorial on May 28, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    I must say I'm enjoying this discussion!!! @paddyrasta1. You calling for Blackwood and you like Gayle, is this a Jamaican or WI. Team? Rushing Blackwood in the team is going to ruin him like every young player before him. When a player is called up he should have a 95% chance of being successful for the tast ahead. Sarwan is still in my team for his experience. @aclarity. I agree that senior players should play first class cricket, but the only winning choice WI. Have right now is to select the seniors, the other is to select inexperience first class players and thats like taking a gun to a battle and leaving your ammunition on the shelf at home.

  • PaddyRasta2 on May 28, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    @ tutorial I expect experienced players to be tarred with the same brush. They must play first class cricket to be considered for the Test team and be in form. I notice that at least you have stopped flogging the dead horse issue.... Sarwan. It is utter nonsense when the FC season has been so short that you expect a young player to wait three years for a call up. In three years time, the experienced players would be at the end of their Test careers. We need e.g Blackwood in the team now to learn from the likes of Shiv and Gayle. And keep them on their toes too. There is a lack of accountability and players flash an odd fifty at Test level, think they are doing enough to stay in the team. Not good enough really.

  • on May 28, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    I used to go to school with bonner n im very proud of him but he is too inconsistent comevon 35 matches n average ur grades

  • on June 2, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    please bring Brendon Nash in test squad

  • on June 2, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    great news of coming back of Benn,Roach and Taylor but felt uneasy about Brendon Nash and Sarwan are out.

  • tutorial on May 29, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    @lexingtonnorth. Well said!! Thank you for cementing my point.

  • on May 29, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Good to see Benn and Taylor return back in the fold. When was the last time the Windies had three fulltime spinners in the reckoning of a Test Match Squad?...Also good to see Holder get a opportunity, there's not that many frontline bowlers in the Caribbean who can bowl a consistant and probing line outside off-stump (Ravi Ramps?), let's hope that Holder breaks the trend of unpredictable line and length. At Gayle's age his body seems to be on it's last legs, particularly for Test Cricket and possibly ODIs. Can't say that i'm convinced with Kirk Edwards, his body-language looks apprehensive, vunerable and doesn't fill me with confidence as a top order batsman. I'd still pick the outcast Sarwan over him. Narine is tough to read in T20s, but still has to work on his variation in Test matches.

  • VivGilchrist on May 29, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    @tutorial, Simmons is in good domestic league T20 form. I dont see the relevance to Test cricket, facing different bowling, different tactics, etc. His red ball record and recent FC form back me up.

  • tutorial on May 28, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    @paddyrasta1. How about Blackwood's duck in the second innings? We cannot assume that a young player is gifted, wait for consistency. One would argue that Leon Johnson and Fudadin makes a better fit in the WI.team base upon their "LIST A" records. I can name multiple young players that failed because they were rushed and couldn't make that leap, this is one of the reasons WI.cricket is failing badly. I can make more of a case if i wanted too but since Sarwan is not in the Squad it doesn't make any sense. @vivgilchrist. you talked about form but don't like Simmons,he is in AWESOME FORM and i would pick him instead of Powell.

  • PaddyRasta2 on May 28, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    @ tutorial I not Jamaican and I would not presume you to be Guyanese either. We both want the best for our team. This is the chance to introduce a new player and I certainly do not believe it will ruin Blackwood. There is hunger which is lacking in the experienced players. Why is Sarwan not excelling in second division Leicestershire? We can't blame Gibson anymore. Figure it out for yourself. Ah gone.

  • tutorial on May 28, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    I must say I'm enjoying this discussion!!! @paddyrasta1. You calling for Blackwood and you like Gayle, is this a Jamaican or WI. Team? Rushing Blackwood in the team is going to ruin him like every young player before him. When a player is called up he should have a 95% chance of being successful for the tast ahead. Sarwan is still in my team for his experience. @aclarity. I agree that senior players should play first class cricket, but the only winning choice WI. Have right now is to select the seniors, the other is to select inexperience first class players and thats like taking a gun to a battle and leaving your ammunition on the shelf at home.

  • PaddyRasta2 on May 28, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    @ tutorial I expect experienced players to be tarred with the same brush. They must play first class cricket to be considered for the Test team and be in form. I notice that at least you have stopped flogging the dead horse issue.... Sarwan. It is utter nonsense when the FC season has been so short that you expect a young player to wait three years for a call up. In three years time, the experienced players would be at the end of their Test careers. We need e.g Blackwood in the team now to learn from the likes of Shiv and Gayle. And keep them on their toes too. There is a lack of accountability and players flash an odd fifty at Test level, think they are doing enough to stay in the team. Not good enough really.

  • on May 28, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    I used to go to school with bonner n im very proud of him but he is too inconsistent comevon 35 matches n average ur grades

  • VivGilchrist on May 28, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    @aclarity, how "classy" can Bonner be averaging 22 after 35 games?

  • aclarity on May 28, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    @tutorial What are the criteria for senior players? Fail on tour, fail in the FC season, drop them and recycle them as returning residents. Check the recent FC records of Gayle, Samuels, Bravos, and Powell etc. Tell me if they are in the top 3. Yes, there is one rule for the young and another for the losing geriatrics. When Chanders at 40 is your best batsman on a team of wounded seniors, this has to be the definition of the geriatric ward. It is no wonder we are at 8 and looking down.

  • aclarity on May 28, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    @PaddyRasta1 I agree with you because the necessary condition of firing Gibson will not occur. Many quote averages as the essential statistic. Average is great over a large number of observations; however, in sports form matters. Consequently the average over the past 18 months is a better indicator. What about the variance. How many innings does it take to make a century or 50? On these two statistics our senior players fail miserably. To choose young players after three seasons is utter nonsense. Our short FC season demands that our selectors have keen eyes. Bonner is Class. Take Ambris, a century on debut, another in a final and a 50 every 2 - 3 innings. That must be noted. We must look for diamonds in the rough otherwise we would have had no Holding, Marshall and even Viv because Somerset wanted to take his brother rather than him.

  • tutorial on May 27, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    The requirements for NEW COMERS making the test and ODI teams should read: Players have to play first class cricket and stay in the top three(3) positions for three(3) consecutive years, showing batting and bowling consistency. Then and only then can be considered for selection. Batsmen scoring their first or second first class centuries should not be mistaken for world class batsmen, and the same for bowlers. Calling for these inexperience players to be selected in an already WEAK WI.TEAM is sending WI.cricket to an early grave.

  • VivGilchrist on May 27, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    @aclarity, that is not the first time I've heard Bonners name. Bonner has played 35 games and averages 22.73 and scored only 1 century. If you or others believe that is a just case for him to play for WI, then WI is in bigger trouble than I thought. I agree about not rushing in young ones as soon as they pull a few decent games together, but WI can't go rolling out the red carpet to guys like Samuels after failing and not playing FC cricket to try and find form. Form + Commitment = Maroon Cap.

  • PaddyRasta2 on May 27, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    @aclarity Sounds like a recipe for disaster. I like your bold and optimistic approach but it would never happen. There should only be one new batsman introduced into the line up. There is a big gap between WI second class 4 day cricket and Tests and I think little risk bringing in Blackwood for out of form players. He is scoring runs with some consistency. The cupboard is truly bare but at some point new talent has to be introduced and fostered and he is hardly a boy. There is less risk in a home series and he will be at his home ground too.

  • on May 27, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    STOP asking for pollard!!!!!!!!!!!!! when last has he played a full season of first class cricket??? look at his odi average...its horrible...his technique iss the worsssssst....sunil ambris chadwick walton those two performed well last season jermaine blackwood 21 years old was the leading run getteer though his runs came late.blackwood is young but i know alot of players that started thier test career playing only 20 fc matches n are legends now, leon johnson may not be scoring alot of hundreds but when playing for the A team he does really well, asad fudadin too.... ohb my godd why are people complaining aboout brathwaite, just because he scores slow, look at chanderpaul?????? brathwaite is a young bright star not treated fairly, very composed and technically good he is a great prospect and he isnt even 22 dwayne bravo hasnt played 7 first class matches on the trot in years and you expect him to just be in the playing 11 though the windies selector will play him, good luck ramdin

  • aclarity on May 27, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    @PaddyRasta1 I do not generally name a squad but I'll do so now. First I will fire Gibson. Once out of the way, my team will be: Bonner, Powell, Edwards, Blackwood, Chanders, Ramdhin, Matthews, Benn or Bishoo, Narine, Taylor and Roach. Ambris, Johnson and Lewis will be the batsmen waiting while Cumins, Cottreall, Beaton, Gabriel, Holder and Jacobs are the bowlers in the wings. In the event of a fast wicket, I will play Ambris or Johnson instead of two spinners. Again I repeat the selectors' squad is perfect for Coach Gibson: Full of returning residents and geriatrics.

  • tutorial on May 27, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Rushing a young player or players in the team as soon as they score a first class century is a recipe for disaster, also ruining their careers. Chanderpaul is a great batsman,but him with a bunch of first class players cannot win games.

  • PaddyRasta2 on May 27, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Yep VivGichrist. Blackwood shouting loud and clear with solid performances. Yet another century (140) this time, will fall on deaf ears and most of the batting line up lacks recent 4 day time in the middle. When will the selectors and management learn? Awesome yuh right.

  • VivGilchrist on May 27, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Just the the score in the Sagicor game - unfortunately Blackwood is not in the Test squad. He's been in awesome form.

  • VivGilchrist on May 27, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    I agree with PaddyRasta, those calling for Sarwan obviously don't think form is relevant. I also don't see why people call for Simmons.. His FC record and form is poor. Braithwaite just scores WAY too slow. He never takes the game away from the opposition. Edwards is a good player in good form and should open with Gayle. Bravo at 3, Chanders needs to bat at 4, 5 in my opinion is open (is Samuels injured, or just not playing ATM?), and I thought it was time to see Pollard at 6 but the selectors have different ideas. As for the bowling, it really depends if they produce low, slow, boring sub-continent type wickets or not.

  • PaddyRasta2 on May 26, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    @tutorial Sarwan is not a has been. He has probably been playing more first class cricket than any Wesr Indian and yet he has not excelled in the past year. What does this say to selectors? We bemoan the fact that the same team is picked time and time again, but Sarwan does not have to earn his place by performance? Take Chris Rogers e.g tops averages in England and is now a consistent opener for Australia. If Sarwan has class, then I want to see form before he is picked. We cannot carry a player because of past exploits or "experience",

  • TheMiddleStump on May 26, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    This is the best 15-man squad I've seen WI put out in a while.

    Batting is shaky though with Samuels and Edwards out of form in addition to Gayle and Bravo not fully fit. Lil Bravo, Powell and Chanderpaul are in decent form but they alone can't carry the batting. But we know the top 7 lineup will be Gayle, Powell, Bravo, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Bravo and Ramdin. Lil Bravo will get the node over Edwards because of his double ton on the away tour.

    Bowling can take 20 wickets but will the coach and Ramdin choose the right guys? Taylor, Holder, Roach and Shillingford seems the obvious attack but i got a strange feeling that Narine, Taylor, Roach and Gabriel will be the attack. If Ramdin is fair he'll go with the obvious, not letting the fact that Narine and Gabriel are Trini cloud his mind. Shillingford and Benn are definitely better Test spinners (so far) than Narine while Holder has more potential, pace, bounce and movement than Gabriel.

  • wirus on May 26, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    It's worth asking again - why pick 3 players in your squad who are trying to recover from injury? What other international cricket nation would do that? Yet Brathwaite, Blackwood and Pollard are fit and as ready as they are going to be but are ignored. Another question - why 3 spinners. At most they won't play more than 2. Is this to keep NZ guessing? And finally, why virtually the same team as was decimated in India and NZ just a few months ago. Ditching Sammy isn't the answer in and of itself, though it was necessary. It was time for something bold, something unexpected, something to surprise the opposition. But instead they have recycled the same core of failing players and added a few who are injured. Incredible! The one real hope is that Ramdin's new leadership style will eventually make a difference but even Clive Lloyd would have struggled with this lot. Failure gets rewarded (e.g. Powell) and relative success gets ignored (e.g. Brathwaite and Blackwood). NZ must be thrilled.

  • tutorial on May 26, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    @ paddyrasta1 you talk as if Sarwan is a "has been", after all he is only 33 years old, he is got experience on his side which WI .Cricket need right now, one of the reason the team is not successful is because selectors keep picking inexperience players, how would you like for someone to tell you you're done at 33, you can't work no more? Chanderpaul without a doubt belongs in the team, Nash, yes. Kirk Edwards has never showed consistency with the bat in test cricket. Sarwan did a lot for WI. Cricket and deserves a place unlike Shillingford. Bishoo, Miller and Permaul deserves a call up at least.

  • PaddyRasta2 on May 26, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    @tutorial. The irony is that you call for consistency and for Sarwan. What has he done for Leicestershire say in 2013 a Division 2 team? Not a lot really as he does not appear on highest averages list. There are however Chanderpaul and Brendan Nash. And what you have against Kirk Edwards? He's topped the recent 4 day comp with average of 75. Sarwan was good in his time, but he's not exactly producing at English county level to make the WI selectors pick him.

  • Riddymon on May 26, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    @TestIP I wouldn't call Kieran Powell a complete failure. yes, his average can be a lot higher, yes he's thrown his wicket away on quite a few occasions but at 24, he's still got quite a lot to learn and he has definitely shown potential to score big when he's on song. I would stick with him as right now along with Braithwaite and look for improvement as he continues playing. Having said that, it doesn't make sense asking for dwayne smith to play, he's been tried in tests and failed as he's shown that he doesn't have the temperament for long innings. he's just built for the shorter formats of the game.

  • tutorial on May 26, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    WI.selectors must love Shillingford, that is the only explanation for him being in the team instead of Bishoo or even Premaul. Simmons should be in the squad and also Sarwan. The batting line up has to be a strong one with some sort of consistency, i am not a big fan of Kirk Edwards and Powell but for the sake of WI.cricket i WISH them well. Seven (7) bowlers plus Bravo is total MADNESS, Shannon Gabriel don't belong, we have more of a batting problem. Rushing the inexperience younger players in the team is creating a loosing situation, got to have an experience batting line up.

  • on May 26, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    y is shannon gabriel still in the squad he has done nothing but fail since given a chance an i think kraig bratwaite should be playing does not score fast but this is test cricket

  • TestIP on May 26, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    WI selectors keep picking the same team over and over. How can you pick 14 players which 8 are bowlers....you need more specialist batsmen. WI team should be 1) Lindi Simmons 2) Gayle 3) Chanderpaul 4) Sarwan 5) Kirk Edwards 6)Dwayne Bravo 7) Ramdin 8) Sunil Narine 9) Jason Holder 10) Jerome Taylor 11) Kemar Roach with Shane Shillinford and Marlon Samuels being optional. Wi keep playing Kiren powell who is a complete failure....you cann afford to have multiple spinners taking up spots because none can bat properly. you can only play 2 spinners if one can bat 1/2 decent. Why is Lindi Simmons or Dwayne smith not given a chance to open?

  • tamperbay on May 26, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Maybe too much body building makes a player susceptible to injuries. Shane Watson and Tiger Woods come to mind. Too much muscle bulk makes the body harder to coordinate and the big muscles put strain on the little ones. Just a thought. I mean Gayle can't even run these days because he is too bulked up! Have a look at the old videos of him when he was thin and lithe. Nothing wrong with that. Like Ricky Ponting, didn't stop him hitting the ball out of the ground.

  • CricketChat on May 26, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Don't know why WI selectors filled the team with a good many players either injured or coming off long recuperation. They must be thinking very low of NZ team. Too many players above 30s in the team.

  • PaddyRasta2 on May 26, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    @ aclarity, in the one breath you talk about "recycling and hoping" and the next you calling for Sarwan, Fidel, Best and Deonarine? What have any of those 4 done in recent times? This is the perfect opportunity to bring in new blood e.g Bonner or Blackwood. Sarwan was given a chance in ODIs and did nothing and his first class season was hardly spell binding. His time has gone and time to move on. At least with Sammy gone, there's a much better chance of taking 20 wickets, but the batting needs some serious development and the tail has to wag and not just fold.

  • aclarity on May 26, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    This is an excellent squad of returning residents with only Sarwan, Fidel, Best and Deonarine missing. This is perfect for Coach Gibson who has regressed every young player under his watch. Last year I said Lewis was a player to watch before his success in India for T&T. This year I am boldly saying that Bonner is The Class batsman in WI and I would pick Matthews on my test team. The WI selectors need to watch tape rather than recycling and hoping. Cricket is not a lottery and by now we know Gibson is not a winner.

  • ninjapintu on May 26, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    So, if KKR reaches the final, Narine won't play?

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on May 26, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    PaddyRasta1, Jason Holder has yet to play test cricket - so he is a new face in this format at least.

    VivGilchrist, other than Kemar Roach - long term injury, only the IPL "stars" Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo have NOT played first class recent in recent weeks. Everybody else has been involved in either the regional first class tournament or, in the case of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, in the English county season.

  • PaddyRasta2 on May 26, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Confusing selections 8 batsmen including Dwayne Bravo for 7 positions. And 2 uncertain to play anyway - Gayle and Dwayne. 7 bowlers for 4 positions. I would have like to have seen a completely new face in the 15 man squad. E.g Blackwood. And I agree with VivGilchrist - not a lot of recent 4 day cricket in the lineup.

  • looloogun on May 26, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    oh no i thought it a team of only bowlers when i first read it !!! lol gayle, samuels ( out of form) chanderpaul (old),derren bravo(hit or miss type) kirk edwards (good)...rest are bowlers ..going to play only 4 bowlers 1 allrounder in a match why pick this many bowlers ? should have added brathwaite ..etc so they learn from chanderpaul before he retires...

  • on May 26, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    I'm a disappointed with the team selected for the test matches against New Zealand! West Indies Ranking is shockingly low; they are two before last... Now is the time to build a Test Team of West Indians Cricketers.What's about the young and new players who scored hundred's and took 5, 6 and 7 wickets in the just concluded four day tournament, is this not the right time to expose them to the fans? Their performance goes for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. Selectors ...!, ?. The top teams wants to see West Indies strong again, don't we?

  • real26_03 on May 26, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Hoping to see Jerome taylor back in action and regarding Gayle, he is past his due international cricket. He is better off playing domestic T20 Leagues around the world. (Hope I am proven wrong!)

  • VivGilchrist on May 26, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Oh yes, that's why he can't "sprint" between wickets. On paper, looks a decent squad, too bad hardly any of them have made themselves available for First Class cricket in a while.

  • on May 26, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    I believe that Gayle should not have played if he was not fit. He was just a burden for RCB

  • on May 26, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Gayle has lot more due to do for his team. He should look after his fitness and try to win some test matches for WI. Century at Jamaica in his 100th test match can make it special. I feel he need to loose some weight too. That will help him to manage his fitness. West Indians are winning heart world wide now they need to play together for their own crowd .#FireInBabylon

  • mushi333 on May 26, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Hope he will be recover & play his 100th game in jamica

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  • mushi333 on May 26, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Hope he will be recover & play his 100th game in jamica

  • on May 26, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Gayle has lot more due to do for his team. He should look after his fitness and try to win some test matches for WI. Century at Jamaica in his 100th test match can make it special. I feel he need to loose some weight too. That will help him to manage his fitness. West Indians are winning heart world wide now they need to play together for their own crowd .#FireInBabylon

  • on May 26, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    I believe that Gayle should not have played if he was not fit. He was just a burden for RCB

  • VivGilchrist on May 26, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Oh yes, that's why he can't "sprint" between wickets. On paper, looks a decent squad, too bad hardly any of them have made themselves available for First Class cricket in a while.

  • real26_03 on May 26, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Hoping to see Jerome taylor back in action and regarding Gayle, he is past his due international cricket. He is better off playing domestic T20 Leagues around the world. (Hope I am proven wrong!)

  • on May 26, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    I'm a disappointed with the team selected for the test matches against New Zealand! West Indies Ranking is shockingly low; they are two before last... Now is the time to build a Test Team of West Indians Cricketers.What's about the young and new players who scored hundred's and took 5, 6 and 7 wickets in the just concluded four day tournament, is this not the right time to expose them to the fans? Their performance goes for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. Selectors ...!, ?. The top teams wants to see West Indies strong again, don't we?

  • looloogun on May 26, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    oh no i thought it a team of only bowlers when i first read it !!! lol gayle, samuels ( out of form) chanderpaul (old),derren bravo(hit or miss type) kirk edwards (good)...rest are bowlers ..going to play only 4 bowlers 1 allrounder in a match why pick this many bowlers ? should have added brathwaite ..etc so they learn from chanderpaul before he retires...

  • PaddyRasta2 on May 26, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Confusing selections 8 batsmen including Dwayne Bravo for 7 positions. And 2 uncertain to play anyway - Gayle and Dwayne. 7 bowlers for 4 positions. I would have like to have seen a completely new face in the 15 man squad. E.g Blackwood. And I agree with VivGilchrist - not a lot of recent 4 day cricket in the lineup.

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on May 26, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    PaddyRasta1, Jason Holder has yet to play test cricket - so he is a new face in this format at least.

    VivGilchrist, other than Kemar Roach - long term injury, only the IPL "stars" Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo have NOT played first class recent in recent weeks. Everybody else has been involved in either the regional first class tournament or, in the case of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, in the English county season.

  • ninjapintu on May 26, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    So, if KKR reaches the final, Narine won't play?