Gayle eyeing Windies return
West Indies opener Chris Gayle says he is still interested in playing international cricket, including Test cricket.
Currently playing for Somerset in England’s T20Blast where he has been in sensational form, Gayle said he would be speaking to cricket authorities when he returned to the Caribbean.
“I’d love to play a few more international games to be honest with you,” Gayle told ESPNcricinfo. “But we’ll have to wait and see. It’s tough, the travelling is very hectic, sometimes you have to know when you’ve reached the limit in life, sometimes you have to draw the line.
“But I will still push to play international cricket, when I go back home I will have a discussion with the coach and maybe with the board, so that we can work out Chris Gayle’s future, to see if they are still interested. I am still interested so I’ll look forward to that and see how best it can work out.”
Throughout his stint with Somerset, Gayle has played with the number 333 on his back, a tribute to his highest Test score against Sri Lanka in 2010.
“People all say Chris is the king of T20, Chris is the this and that of T20, I am the king of Test cricket too,” he said. “I scored two triple centuries. And 21 ODI centuries. So I’m the king of something. The king of all formats.
“A Test match is fantastic,” he added. “It’s a test of character but the entertainment part of cricket is phenomenal. T20 has actually brought new cricket fans into the game, so we have to continue with this as well so that people who didn’t watch can eventually get to watch Test cricket.
“West Indies are in the middle of a Test series against Australia, so fingers crossed some youngsters get some opportunities and I hope they make the best use of it, we definitely have to look to the future sometimes,” Gayle said.