Aussies have eyes on Gayle force
Perth, Australia - Australia say they will be focussing on West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle during the upcoming five-match ODI Series, which bowls off on Friday at the WACA Ground.
Aussie keeper Matthew Wade and left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson have labelled the hard-hitting left-hander as one of the West Indies’ biggest threats.
“He’s dangerous wherever you bowl to him. He's shown over a long period of time he can take any attack down,” Wade said of Gayle, who has failed to pass 35 in his past eight ODIs.
“Every time you play against Chris Gayle, you’re hoping to get him out early. It would be nice if we could do the same over these next five One-Dayers.
“But he’ll be looking to go pretty hard at us, I would have thought. We have just got to execute our plans.”
After struggling against Sri Lanka this summer, Australia are desperate to record a comprehensive series win over the West Indies.
Sri Lanka drew the one-day series 2-2, before beating Australia in both T20 encounters.
“We need to go out there and really dominate the West Indies,” Johnson said. “We want to keep on top of these guys and try and win this series well.”
Despite boasting some of the biggest hitters in world cricket, the West Indies remain a hit-or-miss prospect.
The West Indies won the T20 World Cup in October last year but, more recently, slumped to a 3-2 series loss to Bangladesh in the 50-over format.
“They’re really dangerous. They’ve got powerhitters... They hit a lot more sixes than probably any other team” Wade said of a side featuring the likes of Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy and young Andre Russell.
Australian skipper Michael Clarke, who missed the final ODI against Sri Lanka due to an ankle injury, batted in the WACA nets on Wednesday and is almost certain to play on Friday.
Fit-again speedster James Pattinson was flown to Perth to train with the national side, but won't feature in the first two ODIs. Wade said it was good to see Pattinson in full flight again, albeit only in the nets.