Gayle eyes special innings at home on his return

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Published: Thursday, July 5, 2012, 15:02 [IST]
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Gayle wants a special innings at home

Kingston, Jul 5: The Jamaican storm, Chris Gayle back in his hometown after an exile playing for his country again, feels he should play a special innings at home during the ODI series against New Zealand on Thursday.

The explosive batsman last played a match at Sabina Park was way back in 2009 when he led the side against India.

"It's been a while ... It's great to be back in my home town and representing the West Indies," the 32-year-old Jamaican said.

"Hopefully, I will give the crowd something to cheer about. We had a good run during the T20 matches in Florida last weekend and that gave us the momentum to move forward."

Since this is the first match of the series, Gayle looks to start the tournament on a high. Moreover, the match is played at Sabina Park in Kingston, his hometown suggesting that he has to play a special innings.

"The start to this series is very important. From a personal point of view, I want to do well in my home town. I will just look at it as another game," Gayle said.

"I will look to give the team a good start, look to see what the bowlers are doing, and once I get set, look to capitalise and make it count."

Gayle who returned to the national side last month after ending the dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board.

Since his return, he has hit three magnificent half centuries as two of them came against New Zealand last weekend to help Windies wrap up the series 2-0 in the Twenty20 Internationals played at Florida, United States of America.

Talking about his home pitch, Gayle said the track would favour the pacers initially.

"The pitch looks good....should be a very good track for batting. I believe there could be some assistance for the fast bowlers early on as well and at some stage you could expect the spinners to come into play," he said.

"I have played here many times and I'm accustomed to the conditions so we know what to expect," concluded Gayle.


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