Gayle doubtful due to illness

December 21, 2017


WHANGAREI, New Zealand, (CMC):

West Indies could be in danger of losing Chris Gayle for the one-day double-header after the superstar opener fell ill during the opening match on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old struck 22 runs during the Windies innings at Cobham Oval but never took the field as New Zealand chased down 248 to win the contest by five wickets.

After the match, head coach Stuart Law failed to shed any light on Gayle's condition, but said the Jamaican would consult doctors when the team reached Christchurch yesterday.

"He took ill," Law told reporters.

"He's going to seek further medical advice once we arrive in Christchurch tomorrow. At this point in time, I can't give you any further details of what's going on."

When pressed, he added: "I'm not a doctor. I can't give you any more, so I apologise. We should get a full appraisal tomorrow. He just felt ill."

Gayle appeared in good touch during his innings, blasting three fours and a massive six in his 31-ball knock, before becoming the first wicket to fall, caught at the wicket off Man-of-the-Match Doug Bracewell.

West Indies face New Zealand in the second ODI at Hagley Oval tomorrow.

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