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Gayle positive on making ODI return

Fri, 14th, Jul 2017 |
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Fans could see Chris Gayle wearing the maroon jersey back in the 50-over format as early as September during the Windies' tour of England. 

The hard-hitting left hander mentioned of things getting better between the board and the players which in the long run would prove beneficial to them as a team. 

"Things have been steadily improving. Things are beginning to open up a little more now between players and the board. It's looking good, and we've to try and build from this to get the best players out on the field," Gayle said.

Chris Gayle featured in Windies' win over India in the one-off T20I at Sabina Park on last Sunday. Though he couldn't do much with the bat, the fans were happy to see their homeboy represent the national side after a year long gap. 

"The fans were happy to see me back on the field representing West Indies. Hopefully, things can get better. Hopefully I can play a few more games. I definitely want to play the 2019 World Cup."

The 50 over World Cup has gone through a change. The top ranked 8 ODI teams until September 30, 2017 have a direct entry while the teams at 9 and 10 will have to undergo a qualifying tournament in 2018 along with the top associate nations. 

With time not on the Windies side, Gayle hinted of the board fielding a full-strength squad in order to make a direct entry into the mega event. 

"I can't get into specific details, just from the little I've experienced since coming back, it's been good. There's still more discussion to be done. It's positive. That's the good thing about it. We've to just look to carry on from here. Once we are guided with the rules, if it is going to change fully, we'll know how to take things further," he said.

"With our experience, we all try and share as much as we can before we go; 2019 is just around the corner. We don't want to miss out like what happened at the Champions Trophy. We will try and push hard for that and everyone can work collectively to make sure we're part of the World Cup."

Gayle also heaped praise on his opening partner Evin Lewis, who notched his second T20I hundred against India, helping the Windies shun India at Kingston. 

"He's a small player but a powerful player. He's very young and very hungry, he's one for the future. Once more consistency comes into his play, he will be more dangerous. It was a brilliant innings just the other day to put us into that winning position by batting right through the end was fantastic. That's what I love to see, especially an opener batting right through to take it till the end and win games."

We wish to see the Universe Boss back in the ODI format, scoring heavy runs and blasting the opposition. 

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