Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 16th 2015 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, December 16, 2015
MELBOURNE---Cricket super star Chris Gayle
has been quoted in Australia as saying one of
his goals for the New Year is to resume his
playing career with the West Indies Test team
barring further injury.
Gayle told Reporters in Melbourne yesterday,
had it not been for his lingering back injury, he
would have been playing in the current Test
series between Australia and West Indies.
The 36-year-old has been undergoing reha-
bilitation work after surgery on a debilitating
back injury earlier this year.
"I haven t retired from the game. Test cricket
is still on the agenda, for sure," said Gayle, who
played the last of his 103 Tests in July 2014.
"I m just coming back off an injury so there s
no way I could ve actually been part of that Test
team. If I wasn t (recovering from a back injury)
I would definitely. I haven t retired from the
Gayle, who has scored 7214 Test runs at an
average of 42.18, has stressed that his interest
in Test cricket has not dwindled but explained
that his back problems have delayed his return
to the longer format of the game.
He is playing for the Melbourne Renegades
in the Big Bash League after earlier this month
featuring in four T20 matches of the Bangladesh
The West Indies opener represented Barisal
Bulls in the BPL and scored a blazing unbeaten
92 in a one sided victory over Chittagong
"I haven t batted for such a long time that
(when) I scored ninety two in a game and the
next day I felt I d been hit by a bus. This is the
biggest challenge, coming back into cricket
(after) being out of cricket for maybe three-
four months," he said.
"It s been tough, not much batting. Those
games (in Bangladesh) played a big part for me
(in recovering from injury). It was good to be
out here in the middle".
Gayle has also appealed for support for the
West Indies team, comprising mostly of young
players, saying they need time to develop as a
Test playing side.
West Indies lost seven of their last ten Test
matches and suffered a heavy defeat in the open-
ing Test match against Australia after losing to
a Cricket Australia XI side that featured six
players making their first-class debuts.
"If you want to bash the cricket, you bash
me basically," he told the Daily Telegraph.
"We are loved around the world. We might
not be playing good cricket but... it s a young
team so we have to definitely give it time rather
than being so harsh on West Indies cricket all
the time. Some young players are coming through
the ranks. We have to give them time."
Gayle has brushed aside suggestions that
many West Indies players chose to play domestic
Twenty20 competitions, such as BBL and IPL
instead of representing the region in Tests.
"I don t know which blokes you re talking
about. If it s (Dwayne) Bravo he s retired from
Test cricket. I don t know any others with any
other issues," Gayle said. (CMC)
DUBAI---Two West Indies batsmen, Dar-
ren Bravo and Kraigg Brathwaite, have
made marginal gains in the ICC player
rankings following their performances in
the opening test match against Australia
which ended on Saturday.
Bravo was rewarded for scoring his side s
lone century by moving up two spots to
25th while Brathwaite, who missed his cen-
tury by six runs, has moved up seven places
to 35th position.
Bravo posted 109, the highlight of West
Indies first innings total of 223 while Brath-
waite s counter-attacking 94 was the only
resistance in West Indies paltry second
innings score of 148.
West Indies lost to Australia by an innings
and 212 runs inside three days.
Meantime two of the players who played
large roles in West Indies demise, Adam
Voges and Shaun Marsh, have vaulted to
career best positions in the rankings.
Voges who led the charge with a first
innings double-century has moved-up 19
places to 15th while Marsh who supported
with a knock of 181 has risen 17 spots to
37th in the batsman rankings. (CMC)
Gayle aiming for Test return
Chris Gayle...wants to get
back into West Indies Test
team in 2016.
bowler Miguel Cummins is set
to make his test debut after he
was named as a replacement
for the injury pacer Shannon
Gabriel in the ongoing Test
Series against Australia.
West Indies Cricket Board s
selection panel made the
announcement yesterday fol-
lowing the regional side s heavy
defeat to Australia inside three
days in the first Test which
Cummins, 25, has taken 99
wickets at an average of 22.83
in 36 first-class matches.
He has made one interna-
tional appearance for West
Indies, an ODI against Ireland
at Sabina Park, Jamaica in Feb-
ruary, last year.
The 27-year-old Gabriel suf-
fered a stress reaction in his
left ankle bone while bowling
in the first innings of the first
Test match at the Blundstone
Arena in Hobart.
He is expected to return to
Trinidad this week to continue
his rehabilitation, a WICB
statement said. (CMC)
SDYNEY---West Indies all-
rounder Andre Russell has
defended his status as a T20
gun for hire, saying he should
not be denied the right to
secure financial gains from the
Russell, a member of the
Sydney Thunder in the Aus-
tralian Big Bash, is considered
one of the more active players
on the international Twenty20
The Big Bash will be his fifth
domestic Twenty20 competi-
tion after tournaments in India,
Bangladesh the Caribbean and
"As a professional you have
to think about living after
cricket," said Russell who has
played one Test but says he is
no longer available because his
knees cannot withstand the
rigours of the longer format.
"You can t go into a super-
market and say...I used to play
for West Indies, I had ten half-
centuries, 15 hundreds, you
can t get groceries like that---
you have to live. You can t be
begging on the road, you can t
live off your stats."
The Jamaican cricketer says
he is hurt by media criticism
of the West Indies team fol-
lowing their innings and 212
run defeat to Australia in the
"I see terrible comments in
the papers and it hurts," said
"As a West Indian I didn t
feel I could leave the room
because I didn t want anyone
to see me or ask me about
what s happening because I
may be rude and I m not that
type of person"
West Indies play Australia in
the second Test match starting
on Boxing Day and Russell,
while not optimistic, is hoping
for a miraculous change of for-
tune for the Caribbean side.
"It s a funny game. We just
have to wait and see what will
happen on Boxing Day. I m not
saying the West Indies can t
beat Australia but come on we
have to face the facts," Russell
"These guys know how to
bowl and bat on their pitches,
we still didn t have to lose so
bad. Even if we go down the
next game we ll go down fight-
Cummins to replace injured Gabriel
Russell defends status as gun for hire
T&T Olympic sailor
Andrew Lewis received a set-
back in his Olympic prepara-
tions after falling in his apart-
ment in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
where he is preparing for the
2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The details of the injury have
not been confirmed but he is
said to be in stable condition
and his family is hopeful of a
quick recovery. Lewis has
already qualified for the
Olympics, which takes place
from August 5-21.
Lewis was invited to train
in Rio by the Dutch sailing
team and the T&T Olympic
Committee agreed to support
Lewis with the trip.
Lewis believes it is important
to acclimatize to the conditions
in Rio. Shortly before leaving
for Rio in October Lewis said,
"Recently I have been invited
to join the Dutch camp in Rio.
The bay of Rio is a very tech-
nical bay in the sport of sailing.
A lot of currents and a lot of
different winds. You have to
spend time down there to
understand and learn and
become almost a local."
Lewis receives Olympic setback
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