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Chris Gayle eyeing test return in 2017


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    West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle has suggested that he is keen to get back to Test Cricket in the near future.

    Known for his power hitting and giant sixes, Chris Gayle has been the go-to man for West Indies in the shorter formats of the game as he lived up to his expectations.

    After few setbacks with injuries especially a sore back, Chris Gayle has not featured for West Indies in test match cricket since September 2014 but has been available in limited overs format.

    The 36-year old has a very good record in Test cricket as well as he has two triple centuries to his name and stands besides the likes of Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara, Don Bradman to hit two triple centuries in cricket history.

    “It’s possible,” Gayle said when asked if he would play Test cricket again.

    “It could happen next year. If I can strengthen my back and get the body and mind in tune. Once those things are done I’m good to go. Maybe score another triple century?”

    Gayle who had represented West Indies in 103 tests has a very good batting record as he piled up 7214 runs at an impressive average of 42.18. The player however thinks that he deserves more respect for his exploits in Test cricket as they often go unnoticed.

    “I’m disappointed people don’t recognise what I did in Test cricket,” Gayle said.

    “For an opening batsman to get two triple-centuries? A lot of greats haven’t got one.

    “So to have those achievements dismissed and just be the ‘King of T20’ cricket. It’s good to be called the king of something but to have the most hundreds in ODI cricket for the West Indies?

    “People don’t acknowledge Chris Gayle is the highest run-scorer when it comes to centuries. Most people sweep it under the carpet but I’ve proved myself. I’ve played 100 Test matches. I should get credit for that.”

    The Jamaican has been in controversies this year especially the media storm he created during BBL in an interview with reported Mel McLaughlin on live television. The player responds to the controversy as he said: “It was just a joke. The players are laughing. They know I like to clown around.”

    “She knew it as well. She was laughing before the interview and saying: ‘Guys, stop it, stop laughing.’

    “But you’re a woman in an environment with men. You’re good-looking. What do you expect? People are going to make jokes. I’ve seen people kiss the same Mel on live television. There are double standards. All the commentary guys found it amusing – but then someone whispers in their ears and everything was blown out of proportion.

    “Everybody is entitled to their opinion. She got more bad press than me. The public gave her the bad press. She was the one who looked bad – not me.

    “If she was upset she would’ve said it. At no stage did she say she felt offended by me. Then they wanted an apology and she came on air and said: ‘He’s apologised – so let it go everybody.’ You could tell she had been forced to say those things. Trust me.”

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