Gayle eyes farewell Test

July 11, 2017
Chris Gayle training with the West Indies squad at Sabina Park yesterday.

Superstar opener Chris Gayle has set his sights on on the 2019 World Cup in England and a possible farewell Test for West Indies.

The 37-year-old left-hander, one of the most decorated Windies cricketers of modern times, helped the Caribbean side capture the Twenty20 World Cup in India last year April. However, Gayle has not represented West Indies in one-dayers since the last World Cup in Australia and New Zealand two years ago and also has not suited up in the longest format in three years.

But the Jamaican, who has morphed into one of the most globally sought-after T20 specialists, said that he was making plans to be part of the ODI and Test squads again soon.

"I still want to play for West Indies. Whether it will be a farewell Test match, but I still want to play a Test match for West Indies as well, and I want to play the next 50-over World Cup as well, so I'm looking forward to that next year," Gayle told Massy Insurance's Line and Length Network.

"That's in the plans for next year. I'm looking forward to all these things."

Gayle, a former West Indies captain, has dominated every format of the game throughout his 17-year career. He has compiled 7,214 runs from 103 Tests at an average of 42 and is one of only four batsmen in history with two triple centuries.

He has also notched 9,221 runs from 269 ODIs at an average of 37, with 22 hundreds, and is one of two players in the game with two T20 International centuries.

However, it has been in T20 franchise cricket where he has made his biggest impact in recent years and where recently, he became the first batsman to pass 10,000 runs in the format.

In view of returning to international cricket, he said that there would be the issue of balancing his T20 commitments and fitness.

"[Franchise cricket] shouldn't be a problem. I'm just trying to monitor all these things as we go on," he explained.

"I'm working out trying to keep the body fit and slim and trim. To keep up with the youngsters these days is never going to be easy, but the mind is always willing. Once the body is right, you can expect anything from Chris Gayle."

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