Canberra: The West Indies captain Darren Sammy is predicting talismanic opener Gayle return to form during the upcoming 5-match ODI series against Australia. Gayle recent Played Australia Big Bash League for Sydney Thunder, managing just 137 runs from 7 innings as his side complete the preliminary round winless.
However, the left-hander blasted scores of 85 and 122 not out in his only 2 outings in the just completed Caribbean Twenty20, and Sammy said on Sunday he was expecting great things from the prolific batsman as the West Indies ready to take on the Prime Minister XI in Tuesday warm-up fixture at Manuka Oval.
I remember Chris Gayle hitting the ball all over the park, Sammy said, recalling the last time Gayle lined up against the PM XI 2 years ago at the same venue. We played well that day and entertained the crowd. It’s a good fixture whenever we tour here and good to play the Prime Minister match to start our tourism expecting Chris Gayle to have a good tour on a whole and I also wait for the team to play well in these conditions.
Then, Gayle lashed 146 from 89 balls as the West Indies piled up 399 for 5 off 45 overs. Last week, he set the St Lucia leg of the CT20 alight with a brutal show of power-hitting, form Sammy said was hopeful ahead of the Aussie showdown. When he came back home he looked really good and I think he almost had the most runs in the Caribbean T20 tournament after just a couple of match, Sammy explained.
We all know what he competent of, but the power for us is the way the team has performed together. We are getting stronger as a unit. The West Indies will open the series with a doubleheader in Perth next weekend.