The big man from Jamaica, Chris Gayle has hinted of making a return to Test cricket after playing his last game in the format more than three years ago. The pay dispute between the board and some of the top players have been quite prevalent but after the issue getting resolved Gayle might be back in the longest format next year.
Gayle played a vital role in helping Windies beat England in the solitary T20I and will play a significant role after making a return to the ODI squad for the upcoming five-match ODI series against the same opponents. When asked when he would be making a return to Test cricket, Gayle said to Sky Sports:
“Maybe next year I’ll try to take that challenge up. I’ll see what happens. I still have my fun but I am looking after my body and getting some sleep as well,” he added.
Gayle acknowledged the Windies side for putting up a spirited performance in the Test series in England. They managed to win the 2nd Test courtesy twin centuries from Shai Hope and a century and a 95 by Kraigg Brathwaite. It was an extraordinary effort, but they couldn’t carry on the momentum and lost the final Test to surrender the series by a 2-1 margin.
They were beaten with a huge margin in the opening Test and but they made a dramatic comeback in the 2nd Test chasing a record 4thh innings total in rapid time. Joe Root had declared the 2nd innings anticipating an England victory, but it backfired as the Windies staged one of the biggest upsets in Test cricket in the recent past.
“Everyone wrote us off after the first Test and said it was going to be a whitewash.But the guys came back strong in the second Test. The third Test was competitive as well – the guys really put up a fight.
“The young players will need time but playing well in England will hopefully boost their confidence and encourage them to do well for West Indies. Test cricket can boost your character,” Gayle said.