Gayle wants ton for Jamaica 50!
Kingston, Jamaica — Opener Chris Gayle says he is looking forward to performing yet again at Sabina Park, when the West Indies and New Zealand meet in the final match of their two-match Digicel Test series.
First ball on Thursday is 10 am (11 am Eastern Caribbean Time).
The powerful left-hander, who has been in top form since his return to international cricket in June, made an unbeaten 63 and 125 the last time he batted at Sabina Park, in the opening two games of the preceding Digicel ODI series earlier this month.
His innings helped to lay the foundation for victories in both games, which set the tone for a 4-1 series triumph.
“I hope I can continue here in front of my home crowd by trying to get at least another century,” said Gayle.
He was speaking as he, teammates and members of the Black Caps, returned to Jamaica on Monday afternoon following the West Indies’ victory in the first Digicel Test in Antigua on Sunday.
“The last time I was here, the aim was to get a start and stick in, and fortunately for me I was able to do that and entertain the crowd. This is what I love to do and will continue to do, as long as I am fit and healthy and can contribute to the team winning matches and series,” Gayle said.
The 32-year-old, who made 165 in the last innings prior to the one-dayers - during the first round of this year's regional four-day tournament - made 150 and 64 not out in the first Test in Antigua against New Zealand.
He was, however, not the only West Indies batsman to get to triple figures, as 22-year-old Kieran Powell, playing in his 10th Test, made 134 in the first innings. This was during an opening stand of 254 runs, which he shared with Gayle.
“It was good to see young Powell getting his first Test century, as though inexperienced, he played within his limitations and made good use of his opportunities,” said Gayle.
“This is the type of partner that you want when you go out to bat, someone who can hold their own, and the hope is that going forward, he can grow from strength to strength.”