Gayle’s return step in right direction for WIndies
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle leaves the field. AP Photo/Matt Dunham
There is no doubting that the return of Chris Gayle to the West Indies one-day side against England at the Oval was a step in the right direction for West Indian cricket.
In his first one-day match since the 2011 World Cup, Gayle was back to his dynamic best.
No matter what bowling attack the West Indies come up against, when Chris Gayle’s name is at the top of the order, the opposition become less confident about what may happen.
Therefore it is no surprise that upon the long awaited return of Gayle to international cricket, the seemingly perfect England bowling line-up became ever so vulnerable.
His 53 off 51 balls, which included a towering six straight down the ground off James Anderson, seemed like it was going to put the West Indians on the path to their first victory of what has been a tumultuous tour.
However, he was given out LBW by a decision that seemed to bemuse the star.
Though they did not get the result, the return of the world’s best limited overs batsman has done a great thing for them.
After the breakdown of his relationship with the WICB and his torrid run of unresolved contract negotiations, it seems that the biggest hitter in world cricket is back for the young West Indian team for good.
Watch Glenn Mitchell's wrap of the second Test, where Australia were victorious early on the final day, winning by 218 runs and taking a 2-0 series lead into the third Test in Perth.