Christopher Henry Gayle may never walk out onto a cricket pitch for the West Indies, now Windies, in the Caribbean again, well not in a One Day International anyway, and while that thought does not make him happy, the way he has left the stage in the region, fills him with pride. 

England are close to concluding their plans for the Cricket World Cup with the decision over Jofra Archer set to be "the final piece of the jigsaw" for head coach Trevor Bayliss.

West Indies-born Archer will qualify to play for his adopted nation in March, two months before Eoin Morgan's side kick off their bid for a first world 50-over crown against South Africa.

England, the number-one team in the ICC ODI rankings, are likely to start the tournament on home soil as favourites, while 23-year-old quick Archer could offer an extra dimension to their seam attack with his added pace.

However, that could mean disrupting what has become a largely settled squad, with the likes of David Willey, Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett perhaps most vulnerable to being left out should Archer be included in the 15-man party.

And Bayliss says he and the rest of the management team are not far away from being able to lock in their selections.

"I'd say very close. We've pretty much had the same 15, 16 or 17 players over the last three or four years," he told Sky Sports.

"We could probably name a 15, there's a Jofra Archer decision to be made at a later date. I think it's getting down to that being the final piece of the jigsaw."

England's third ODI against West Indies was washed out due to persistent showers in Grenada on Monday, leaving the five-match series poised at 1-1.

And with just eight more ODIs before World Cup warm-ups against Australia and Afghanistan, Bayliss is keen to give all of his players a fair chance of making the final squad.

"It's been a bit of a juggling act," he added. "We want to have a look at one or two of the fringe guys as well. More than anything, just to give them a bit of a run out.

"I think the team that wins the World Cup will play a squad of players and whoever has got the strongest squad will go close to winning it.

"So we want to make sure some of our fringe players have played matches as well."

No play was possible in the third ODI between West Indies and England on Monday as persistent rain in Grenada saw the match called off.

It looked at one stage that the action would get under way around an hour late, with England winning the toss and opting to field.

However, showers continued to roll in, meaning the covers were pulled on and off frequently before an abandonment was eventually called at 14:40 local time, more than five hours after play was scheduled to begin.

The five-match series remains level at 1-1 heading into Wednesday's fourth ODI at the same venue, England having won the opener by six wickets before the Windies fought back to triumph by 26 runs on Friday.

Jason Holder had named an unchanged XI for Monday's wash-out while for England, Chris Woakes and Alex Hales came in for Tom Curran and Ben Stokes, who had rolled his ankle and was left out as a precaution.

Andre Russell has replaced Kemar Roach in the West Indies squad for the final two ODIs against England.

The five-match series is squared at 1-1 after a pair of thrilling contests, and the two sides will face off in the third game in Grenada on Monday.

Roach did not play in either of the first two meetings and will play no involvement as the Windies seek to add to their Test-series triumph, with injury forcing him out of the squad.

All-rounder Russell is himself dealing with a knee problem that could impact his bowling.

However, the Windies believe his abilities with the bat make Russell worth the risk.

Courtney Browne, chairman of the selection panel, said: "Kemar Roach had to be withdrawn from the ODI series due to injury and will be replaced in the squad by the experienced Andre Russell for the last two matches.

"We believe Russell will add value to the squad.

"We are well aware that although Andre's bowling may be limited due to a knee problem, his tremendous batting ability to power the ball in the back end of the game will be an asset to the team."

Grenada will again be the venue for the fourth ODI on Wednesday, with Saint Lucia playing host to the series finale on March 2.


West Indies squad: Fabian Allen, Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (captain), Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas

England suffered a late batting collapse as Sheldon Cottrell's maiden five-wicket haul in one-day cricket helped West Indies level the five-match series at 1-1 in Barbados.

Having overhauled a target of 361 with relative ease at the same venue 48 hours earlier, England appeared to be cruising again when they sat at 228-4 in reply to the home side's 289-6, a total built around Shimron Hetmyer's excellent unbeaten hundred.

However, Ben Stokes' departure for 79 sparked a dramatic turnaround in proceedings, with West Indies claiming the final six wickets for 35 runs to bowl their opponents out for 263.

Recalled to the team, Cottrell (5-46) made the most of his opportunity, each of his breakthroughs quickly followed by an army-style salute that has become his trademark celebration.

The left-arm paceman struck twice at both the start and end of England's unsuccessful run chase, while he also had Eoin Morgan caught in the deep for 70 to end a fourth-wicket stand worth 99.

Stokes continued on despite his captain's departure but, crucially, none of England's well-set batsmen managed to see the job through, allowing West Indies to rally in front of a raucous crowd at the Kensington Oval.

The home spectators had been on their feet earlier to celebrate a fourth ODI century for Hetmyer, the left-hander reaching the milestone with a four down the ground from the penultimate delivery of the 50th over as he finished on 104 not out.

Chris Gayle had threatened another big score until he was bowled by Adil Rashid when aiming to smack a fifth six in his innings, the left-hander - who made 135 in a losing cause last time out - departing for an even 50.

John Campbell (23), Shai Hope (33) and Darren Bravo (25) all made contributions, but a more disciplined display from England's bowling attack left them an easier task than Wednesday's six-wicket win.

They looked on course to go 2-0 up despite losing openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy in a hurry, both falling to Cottrell's disciplined bowling during the powerplay.

Joe Root eased to 36 before edging a short ball from Oshane Thomas to wicketkeeper Hope and while Morgan and Stokes combined impressively, England were unable to get over the line in the closing overs.

Having dismissed Stokes, West Indies skipper Jason Holder got rid of Jos Buttler - deceived by a slower delivery to be caught at cover for 34 - and Tom Curran with successive deliveries, reigniting his team's hopes before Cottrell claimed the spotlight once again.

Despite a century from Shimron Hetmyer, the Windies will still have it all to do to get back into their One Day International series against England after ending the first innings of their second game at Kensington Oval on 289-6. 

Jason Roy and Joe Root both struck centuries as England completed a record run chase to win the first one-day international against West Indies in Barbados.

Set 361 to win after Chris Gayle's 24th ODI hundred had helped West Indies to 360-8 from their 50 overs, Roy and Root starred in Bridgetown.

Gayle had thrilled a packed Kensington Oval as he marked his return to ODIs in style, but his 135 off 129 balls was ultimately in vain.

After Roy's superb knock at the top of the order, Root (102) guided the tourists to a six-wicket victory with eight balls to spare – becoming the fastest Englishman to 5,000 ODI runs in the process.

The victory marked England's biggest successful run chase in ODIs, eclipsing the 350 they managed against New Zealand in June 2015.

In his first ODI since July, Gayle made a sluggish start and had just nine runs off 32 balls when he was dropped by Roy.

That proved costly as the flamboyant opener made England pay with a sensational display of hitting.

Aided by fine knocks from Shai Hope (64) and Shimron Hetmyer (20), Gayle pushed the Windies towards a huge total as he cleared the rope on 12 occasions.

Those maximums helped the hosts set a record of 23 in a single innings, while also giving Gayle the most individual sixes in international cricket – moving past Shahid Afridi.

Despite his slow start, Gayle reached three figures off 100 balls and continued to bludgeon England's bowling until he was dismissed by a slower ball from Ben Stokes.

Darren Bravo (40) and Ashley Nurse (25 not out) pushed the Windies up to 360-8, the latter hitting a six off the last ball of the innings to eclipse New Zealand's mark for most maximums in an innings.

A target of 361 could have been daunting for England but they showed why they are the number one side in the world and Cricket World Cup favourites with a successful run chase.

Roy and Jonny Bairstow gave them a solid foundation with an opening partnership of 91, before the former took the lead in a 114-run stand with Root.

Like Gayle before him, Roy pierced the field with unerring regularity, finding the boundary on 15 occasions and clearing it a further three.

While Root anchored one end, Roy motored to his seventh hundred, brought up off just 65 balls as England made light work of their challenge.

They were helped by some sloppy fielding from the Windies with Oshane Thomas, Bravo and Nurse all dropping catches that allowed England to build momentum.

Even after Roy's departure for 123, the tourists continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over as Root and captain Eoin Morgan frustrated the Windies with a 116-run partnership.

Morgan perished for 65 but Root went on to reach three figures to give his side a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Universe boss Chris Gayle described his last innings at Kensington Oval on Wednesday as one of his best.

West Indies hit a record 23 sixes against England on Wednesday as Chris Gayle fired the hosts to 360-8 in the opening ODI. 

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. 

Centuries from Jason Roy and Joe Root led England to a dominant 171-run win over a University of the West Indies (UWI) Vice Chancellor’s XI at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. 

Chris Gayle is to retire from ODIs following the Cricket World Cup, West Indies have confirmed. 

The explosive batsman is second only to the legendary Brian Lara in the list of most ODI runs scored by a West Indies player, having scored 9,672 to date.

Gayle has played 281 50-over matches in his career, scoring 23 hundreds – the most by a West Indian in the format.

The 39-year-old's involvement in one-day cricket has dwindled in recent years due to his stints in various lucrative Twenty20 tournaments. 

Cricket West Indies announced the news via a short statement that read: "Talismanic WINDIES batsman, Chris Gayle, has announced he will retire from One-Day Internationals following the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales."

Gayle was included for the Windies' first two ODIs of the five-match series with England, the first of which takes place in Bridgetown on Wednesday.

West Indies have called Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell and John Campbell into their squad for the first two one-day internationals against England, in response to a succession of injury problems.

All-rounders Rovman Powell and Keemo Paul have both been ruled out, while opener Evin Lewis has withdrawn from the squad due to a groin injury.

Former Windies T20 skipper Brathwaite and Cottrell have therefore earned recalls, while Campbell is in line to win a first ODI cap after impressing in the recent Test series victory over England.

"With our squad suffering from a few players with injuries even before a ball is bowled, an opportunity presents itself for other players to make a claim for ICC Cricket World Cup spots," said chairman of selectors Courtney Browne.

"The [selection] panel take this opportunity to wish the injured players a speedy recovery and to wish the team success in the upcoming ODIs."

Kensington Oval in Barbados will host the first two games in a five-match series on Wednesday and Friday, before contests in Grenada and St Lucia.

 

Revised West Indies squad for first two ODIs:

Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas.

Manu Sawhney has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Sawhney - a former CEO of Singapore Sports Hub and managing director of ESPN Star Sports - will join world cricket's governing body next month and succeed David Richardson in July.

Richardson, who has held his position since 2012, confirmed last July that he would step down when his contract expires after the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, who led the process of appointing Richardson's successor, said in a media release: "I am delighted to confirm Manu's appointment. He brings 22 years of outstanding commercial experience to the ICC and will lead the delivery of our new global growth strategy for the game.

"Our search produced a host of excellent candidates from around the world, but Manu stood out as the man to work with our members and take cricket forward.

"He has proven success in a number of leadership roles in both sport and broadcasting. He is a strategic thinker and understands the cricket landscape and its complexities.

"The decision of the nominations committee to recommend Manu to the board was a unanimous one and I and my fellow directors are looking forward to working with him."

Sawhney added: "It is a great privilege and responsibility to serve the global cricket community as CEO of the ICC. The sport has more than a billion fans and an ambitious growth strategy so it is a very exciting time to lead the organisation.

"I’d like to thank the ICC board for giving me this opportunity and look forward to working with them, our members, the team and ICC's incredible partners and cricketers around the world to propel the sport forward into a period of significant and sustained global growth in the coming years."

Bangladesh eased to an eight-wicket win in their one-day international series decider against West Indies after Shai Hope's unbeaten century failed to lift his side's dismal display.

The Windies, led by Hope, had levelled the series in the last match, but the efforts of their star man were in vain on Friday as Bangladesh coasted after limiting the tourists to 198-9.

Opener Hope made 108 not out to somehow ensure his side batted out the innings, with none of his team-mates reaching more than 19 as Mehidy Hasan took four 4-29.

A second-wicket stand of 131 between Tamim Iqbal (81 not out) and Soumya Sarkar (80) all but got the job done for Bangladesh and they sealed victory by making 202-2 with 69 balls still remaining.

Although Mehidy swiftly removed Chandrapaul Hemraj (9) and then took care of Darren Bravo (10), it was not until Marlon Samuels (19) departed to Mohammad Saifuddin that the tourists' innings really fell apart.

From 96-2, with Hope starring, the Windies collapsed and Mehidy pressed home the advantage, taking the wickets of Shimron Hetmyer - for a six-ball duck - and captain Rovman Powell (1) in the same over.

Hope kept battling away, with nine fours and a maximum, but the Bangladesh bowlers were now enjoying themselves.

Shakib Al Hasan (2-40) took out Roston Chase (8) and Fabian Allen (6), before Mashrafe Mortaza (2-34) added another pair of dismissals as only Devendra Bishoo managed to protect his wicket and close the innings with Hope.

Bangladesh were in no rush with the bat, yet they made steady progress, suffering only a minor setback as Liton Das went for 23.

Both Hope and Kemar Roach were then forced out of the remainder of the match with injury, the former taking a knock to the head and the latter suffering hamstring spasms, to deal the Windies another blow.

And Tamim and Sarkar combined to do all the heavy lifting en route to victory, the dismissal of the latter to Keemo Paul coming far too late to derail Bangladesh.

Mushfiqur Rahim stepped in and made an unbeaten 16, including two fours and a six, before a pair of Tamim boundaries completed a comfortable chase.

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