Gayle targets end to England agony
West Indies captain Chris Gayle would love nothing more than to get
the better of England when the sides meet at the Oval today in the Super
Eight stage of the World Twenty20.
Earlier this season England hammered the West Indies in both a Test
and one-day series.
It was an unexpected tour of England for the West Indies, only
drafted in after Sri Lanka pulled out because of their players' Indian
Premier League commitments.
Gayle, who had to cut short his own stay in the lucrative Twenty20
event, then had his own commitment questioned after he said he would not
mind too much if Test cricket died out.
But having hammered a blistering 88 in the West Indies' defeat of
Australia at the Oval earlier in the World Twenty20, Gayle's enthusiasm
for this form of cricket is not in doubt.
West Indies beat defending champions India by seven wickets in the
second round Super Eights at Lord's late on Friday, only to lose by 20
runs to tournament favourites South Africa after the fixture schedule
saw them playing in Saturday's early game across London at the Oval.
"It would be nice to get the last say for the summer against England
by beating them," Gayle, who revealed he might need an ankle operation,
told reporters at the Oval. "This is the important one, they have been
getting the better of us and it's a must-win.
"We are confident we can beat them and have done it before. There's
no two ways about it, we will have to step up, it's a crucial game and
can put us through to the semi-final."
In the meantime Gayle criticised the schedule, saying it had been
unfair to his side although an International Cricket Council (ICC)
spokesman told AFP that all teams had a chance to request changes
several weeks ago and that the West Indies had not asked for any