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MUMBAI---Chris Gayle wants
to score big---very big! The big
man who has made two triple
centuries in Test cricket is look-
ing to "go big" in the upcoming
two-Test series against India.
Gayle has never made a Test
century against India and is eyeing
up a "big one" when he steps out
at Eden Gardens in Kolkata for
the first contest and at the
Wankhede in Mumbai for the sec-
"I m looking for something big
in this series," the powerful six-
"I enjoy playing in India and I
know Eden Gardens and Mumbai
very well. The pitches are very
good but they will turn a bit going
into the match.
"I have my plans...I know my
areas and I will look to get a big
one or two when we get going
against India. I m really looking
forward to the Tests because I
haven t played one in a while,"
"It s always tough in India, no
matter the format, and this is
crucial to test ourselves against
top-five opposition. It will be dif-
ficult to beat India at home for
"We want to start the first Test
with a bang and we know what s
required to win in India. I hope
this series will be a turning point
in my career as I get back to the
red-ball as opposed to the short-
format white ball. India are look-
ing to consolidate their Test spot
in the rankings so it will be a very
The 34-year-old has played 97
Test matches and has a good
record of 6836 runs including 15
centuries. His highest score is the
memorable 333 against Sri Lanka
in Galle in 2010.
The second Test match is slated
to be the 150th for Gayle s team-
mate Shiv Chanderpaul and the
200th and final match for Sachin
Tendulkar, the Indian legend.
Gayle paid tribute to both.
"Sachin Tendulkar and I have
always shared fun moments
whenever we ve met. The rou-
tine s generally the same. I ll share
a few jokes with him, pull his leg.
And he just ends up laughing a
lot," Gayle said.
"Shiv s our own legend. He s
still going strong and scoring a
lot of runs. He s another phe-
nomenal person. He s a laid back
guy and very easy to relate to. I
have played 97 Tests and most of
them with Shiv. We have shared
great moments on and off the
field." (WICB web site)
The first of three one day inter-
nationals between the West Indies
and England was washed out at the
Queen s Park Oval yesterday.
Heavy rain during the morning
session delayed play until 2pm but
after just three overs, the heavens
opened up and put paid to the game.
At 2pm the game was reduced to
a 23-over affair and when the rain
failed to let up the umpires called
off play at 2.25pm.
At this point England who was
asked to take first strike was five
The washout represented the sec-
ond time in 11 meetings that a clash
between the two sides ended in a
The teams will return to the venue
on Friday for the second game, which
will be played as a day/night affair.
The third and final game will be
played on Sunday, also at the same
Yesterday there was hardly any
supporters at the Oval, despite the
West Indies women performing so
well but this could have been because
of the inclement weather.
The officials will be hoping for a
good turn out on Friday afternoon,
as entrance to the game is just $20.
Friday s game starts at 2pm.
PORT OF SPAIN---The world s
leading women s cricketer,
Stafanie Taylor, says she plans
to continue working to improve
her game despite achieving an
unprecedented feat in interna-
Taylor, the ICC Women s Player
of the Year, now leads all three
rankings tables---batting, bowling
The Jamaican cricketer is the
only player in history (man or
woman) to ever be Number one
in both batting and bowling rank-
ings in either Test or ODI cricket
at the same time.
"It feels great to be Number 1
in the world. It is something I
have worked hard to achieve and
that hard work has brought me
success," Taylor told WICB Media.
"But now is not the time to
"I still have lots of work to do
to maintain my form and get even
better. I know I can get better".
Taylor s recent form has been
She made a superb century and
took four wickets as she led West
Indies Women to a series triumph
over New Zealand Women earlier
this month at Sabina Park in
The 22-year-old was equally
dominant in the recent T20 Inter-
national Tri Series in at Kensing-
ton Oval in Barbados where she
was the leading batter with 160
runs (average 40) and one of the
leading bowlers with five wickets
(average 14.40) at a strike rate of
4.8 runs per over.
"For me this is a high-point of
my career so far, but there is more
"I have been playing really well
in both the 50-overs and the 20-
overs so I just want to keep
improving," she said.
"My batting is my stronger skill
and I always look to build an
innings for the team. I love batting
so much and I always wanted to
be the top in batting."
Taylor already has the best bat-
ting numbers in the history of
West Indies Women s cricket.
She has played 67 ODIs and
made 2,626 runs (average 45.27)
with five centuries including a
top score of 171.
In bowling she is the second
highest-wicket-taker of all-time
with 91 wickets (average 16.3) at
an impressive economy rate of
just 2.9 runs per over.
"The bowling ranking was a bit
of a surprise. It s not my first
choice but I will keep working to
"The West Indies Cricket Board
arranged for me to spend some
time recently working with
Saqlain Mustaq (former Pakistan
spinner) at the Sagicor High Per-
formance Centre and that helped
me a lot," said Taylor.
"He spoke to me a lot about
the art of spin bowling and
encouraged me to stick with it.
"He was an inspiration and
showed me a few new skills which
I am trying to work on over a
period of time." (CMC)
Sachin Tendulkar will have to
earn every single run when he
plays his last two Tests against
the visiting West Indies side,
Richie Richardson, the West
Indies team manager, has said.
Richardson added that West
Indies were focused on their pri-
mary aim of winning the series
but revealed they have planned a
tribute for Tendulkar.
"We want to make it clear that
we have come here with a mission
to win the series," Richardson said.
"We will try our best to stop him
from scoring runs. We will not let
him an inch. He has to earn every
"We all have thought about giv-
ing a fitting tribute to Tendulkar
after his last Test at Wankhede,"
Richardson said. "We don t want
to reveal our plans. It will be a big
surprise for him."
Even during West Indies last
tour to India in 2011, Tendulkar
was the centre of attention as he
neared his 100th international cen-
tury. However, during the Mumbai
Test, he came within six runs of
the landmark before being dis-
missed by Ravi Rampaul. West
Indies lost that series 2-0, but
Tendulkar also failed to get a cen-
tury in the series.
"Winning a series in the sub-
continent is a big challenge for
every team," Richardson said. "It s
a big opportunity for the young-
West Indies last won a Test
series in India 30 years ago, when
Clive Lloyd-led team beat India
three times in the six-Test series,
with the other games ending in a
Richardson played against Ten-
dulkar till his retirement from
international cricket in 1996 and
said the young batsman was then
set for greatness, just like Brian
Lara, but he added, "We don t
want to compare between the two
players. Both are great.
"People back in the Caribbean
worship Sunil Gavaskar for his
fearless cricket. He s always been
on top of people s mind. Despite
the greatness of Gavaskar, Ten-
dulkar has been able to create a
place for himself. That s the biggest
achievement of Tendulkar." (ESP-
'big' tour of India
Richardson: WI won't
give Tendulkar an inch Windies, England
ODI washed out
West Indies bowler Tremayne Smartt bowls to England's Charlotte
Edwards (unseen) as her teammate Lauren Winfield looks on during the
opening One Day International match at the Queen's Park Oval in Port-of-
Spain, yesterday. The match was abandoned due to heavy rain throughout
the day. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Taylor vows to continue improving her game
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