Windies resist sentimental Gayle Test recall
Live Correspondent: West Indies selectors on Friday resisted the temptation to grant Chris Gayle a sentimental final Test appearance on home ground when the charismatic opener was omitted from the squad to face India in a two-match series.
The 39-year-old Gayle played the last of his 103 Tests in September 2014,
but had hinted during the World Cup this year that he was open to playing one more Test before bringing down the curtain on his international career
Gayle has made 7,214 runs in Test cricket with a highest score of 333 but
his career in recent years has been confined to white-ball cricket and
franchise T20 leagues. Despite the second of the two-Test series against India being played at his home ground of Sabina Park in Jamaica from August 30-September 3, it looks like Gayle’s final international appearance in the Caribbean will instead be next Wednesday in the third ODI in Port of Spain.
The interim West Indies selection panel has kept faith with practically the
squad that earned a 2-1 series victory over England earlier this year in the
Caribbean, except injured fast bowler Alzarri Joseph and left-arm spinner
“Alzarri is undergoing remedial work and we are monitoring his recovery,
but we do not think he is ready yet to last five days of a gruelling Test
match,” added Haynes.
Dhaka 10 August (campuslive24.com)//MIH