But it's a problem that should concern everyone, not just Gayle. The reality is that Test cricket has been under threat for some time, despite the administrators' assurances that everything is hunky-dory. When we used to tour India, where they say cricket is a religion, we'd play Tests in front of grounds that were barely half full – and a third of the spectators were from the Barmy Army. Now we hear ticket sales for this game have gone badly, and England is supposed to be one of Test cricket's last bastions. Maybe the harsh truth is that Twenty20 has kept cricket alive more than we like to admit.
He is not the only cricketer to prefer one-day cricket and he certainly will not be alone in future in choosing Twenty20 cricket over Tests. It is an open secret that he would not choose to be captain and if Gayle was irritated by Strauss's criticism of his late arrival before last week's first Test at Lord's, he is far too laid-back to bear a grudge.
Gayle's comments should make us think about how we go about putting together out cricketing schedules. There are two options:
George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo