Veteran opener, Christopher Henry Gayle, now has 24 centuries under his belt after smashing 135 off 128 deliveries to lead the Windies to 360 for 8 in the first One Day International of series against England at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. 

Windies wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope has hailed the addition of star left-hander Chris Gayle to the squad as the team prepares to face England in the upcoming One Day International series.

The 39-year-old will return to the ODI team for the first time since 2018 when the Windies faced off against Bangladesh.  Gayle will play the opening two matches of the five-match series against England.

With the experienced batsman just short of 10,000 ODI runs at an average of 36.98 and 15 centuries, Hope is confident Gayle’s addition will be a major boost to the team.

"It’s great, just to see him (Gayle) at nets. Good laugh, good shots as well, and he’s going to strengthen the team a lot," ICC quoted Hope as saying. 

 "We know the importance that Gayle brings to the team. He has a lot of experience and we need to make sure we use that experience and strengthen the entire team," he added.

Hope, who was part of the team's recent Test series win against England also believes that victory will give the team added confidence ahead of the series.

"It’s a lot to look forward to. It's a very exciting time, especially leading up to the World Cup so I’m sure the guys are ready and raring to go. We are just coming off a Test series win and that was fantastic for everyone involved and the fans, so it is important for us to continue in that vein and try to get the series win as well.”

The Windies will face England in the first ODI on Wednesday at the Kensington Oval.

Windies star batsman Chris Gayle has appealed against what has been deemed inadequate compensation, in a case against Australia Media entity Fairfax Media that was decided in his favour a little over a year ago.

In the much-publicized case, the 39-year-old batsman took the media house to court following its publication of sexual misconduct allegations levelled against him by former West Indies massage therapist Leanne Russell. 

Russell had claimed Gayle intentionally exposed his penis to her, while on a visit to the team locker room while making an indecent proposition.  Her version of events was printed by multiple tabloids.

The court, however, ruled that the publishers failed to establish a defence of truth regarding the allegations at the heart of the case.  In a judgment made in December last year, Justice Lucy McCallum awarded Gayle a total of $325,112 for the stories, including interest. The amount did not include Aggravated damages and fell at the lower end of the statutory cap on such rulings.

Fairfax, who has since launched an appeal, has since sought to delay the payment.  In filing a counter-appeal late last month, however, Gayle’s legal team has argued that the damages awarded were "manifestly inadequate" and Justice McCallum "erred in failing to award aggravated damages".

 In the original ruling, the jury had found that the publisher acted with malice, meaning the articles were published for an improper purpose.

The Windies ODI squad for the first two upcoming matches against England starting February 20, has been bolstered by the recall of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis.

Despite being in the twilight of his career Windies star batsman Chris Gayle continues to make records tumble after becoming the first player to score 900 sixes in T20 cricket.

After a slow start to the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) season, Gayle sprang to life against the Khulna Titans getting his first half-century of the season with 55 off 40 goals. 

The stand was crucial in helping the team register a six-wicket win but he also became the first batsman ever in the history of the format to smash 900 sixes.

Overall so far, Gayle has scored 12,189 runs in the format out of which 5,400 were contributed just by the sixes which is quite marvellous.

Another 3720 runs came in fours as he smashed 930 of them thus far. This essentially means that he scored nearly 75 per cent of his runs in just boundaries.

The player currently enjoys a huge lead as far as the clearing the boundary rope is concerned with the next closest player being Kieron Pollard who has scored a total of 557.  Brendon McCullum, who played 365 T20s in his career has hit the ball out of the park 484 times.

Rangpur Riders coach Tom Moody has warned that Windies stars batsman Chris Gayle is due a big performance with the bat, following a slow start to the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

Life in the BPL this season has been a mighty struggle so far for the big left-hander.  In four games to date, Gayle the tournament’s record runs scorer has hit a total of 39 runs.  The player’s stay at the crease so far includes totals of one, eight, 23 and seven in the four games he’s played. 

The total seems a far cry from the 485 runs Gayle racked up in 11 matches last season at an average of 53.88.  The performance left the West Indian as the tournament’s record runs scorer.  Moody has, however, backed the player to find form sooner rather than later.

“I’m sure Chris is frustrated. Chris has got a record in T20 cricket that no one’s close to. He is also a very proud man and we know that a player of his quality is going to shine at any given moment,” Moody said.

“Once Chris comes to the party with the bat, I feel for the side that’s gonna be in his way.”

Rangpur will tackle Sylhet Sixers at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

 

 

 

After only three matches for the Jozi Stars in South Africa’s Mzansi Super League, Chris Gayle is returning home to Jamaica to attend his mother’s funeral.

Windies batsman Chris Gayle was awarded US$220,000 in damages by an Australian court on Monday, just over a year after he won a defamation case against Fairfax media.

Five West Indians have been retained to their various teams for the Indian Premier League’s 2019 season. 

Messages of condolence have begun to come in for West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, whose mother Hazel, died Wednesday morning, reportedly of a heart attack.

Windies star batsman Chris Gayle has heaped praises on India talisman Virat Kohli after the player became the quickest player to 10,000 ODI runs on Wednesday.

Windies skipper Jason Holder insists he is determined to focus on young players looking to gain experience during the ongoing tour of India and not players missing from the current squad.

Chris Gayle blasted 54 runs from just 30 balls to help the Balkh Legends to a 171-run victory over the Nangarhar Leopards in the semi-finals of the Afghanistan Premier League on Friday.

Windies star Chris Gayle insists his focus remains firmly on taking part in the ICC World Cup in England, despite missing out on the current tour of India.

Windies star batsman Chris Gayle insists he has plenty left in the tank but believes the time is right to give consideration to life after cricket.

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