Gayle hints at potential West Indies Test return

Annette Crawford
September 17, 2017

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West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite revealed his side were anxious about the possibility of "career-threatening injuries" and discussed a possible abandonment before sealing their latest Twenty20 worldwide victory over England on a damp outfield in Durham.

England and West Indies begin a five-match one-day global series in Manchester on Tuesday. He will be much more at home at this level with those two games under his belt and has enjoyed a decent season for Surrey in the NatWest T20 Blast, taking 12 wickets (second only to Gareth Batty) at a shade over 23.

"We've definitely played in warmer conditions!" said Brathwaite, who revealed his plans to watch Manchester United take on Everton on Sunday before he returns home.

Earlier this month, former England all-rounder Sir Ian Botham described the decision to rest Stokes as a "kick in the teeth".

"There's the potential [in one-off games] to learn about younger players".

West Indies players celebrate with successful bowler Jerome Taylor after he claimed the wicket of Jason Roy
West Indies players celebrate with successful bowler Jerome Taylor after he claimed the wicket of Jason Roy

On the other hand, England will play this game with three seamers, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan and Tom Curran to exploit the pitch conditions to the fullest. In the following over from Narine, David Willey was out stumped and with him went England's chances.

"We're excited for the (England) series and hopefully we can play some good cricket".

Windies total was based on an electric start from Chris Gayle and Lewis who scored 72 in the six over Powerplay, hitting seven fours and six sixes, one of which saw Gayle became the first man to a hundred sixes in T20I cricket.

The match is his only involvement on the tour.

Brathwaite is now the skipper of the West Indian side, and he and his teammates will be aiming to win this match in the English soil so that their morale can be boosted to a great extent ahead of the upcoming ODI series.

Pictures on social media showed part of the floor had collapsed as fans watched the worldwide game at the Emirates Riverside ground in Chester-le-Street, Durham. "I prefer that than having guys thinking, what would the coach or captain want", Brathwaite said.

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