West Indies news May 26, 2014

Gayle to seek treatment for back injury

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • dummy4fb on June 2, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    please bring Brendon Nash in test squad

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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

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