Windies have recalled veteran Chris Gayle for the initial two ODIs of the forthcoming five-match series against England. Gayle last played an ODI for Windies in the home ODI series vs Bangladesh in July previous year. The 14-man squad also includes Nicholas Pooran, who has gotten a first call-up to the ODI squad.
Gayle is Windies’ second-most topped player in the ODIs with 284 games against his name. He’s also the second-most run scorer for the nation with a count of 9727, just behind Brian Lara’s 10405 runs in 299 matches.
The 39-year-old had declined choice for the voyages through India and Bangladesh, raising worries that he may run himself out of support for a World Cup berth. Captain Jason Holder, notwithstanding, gave the dynamic opener’s prospects a noteworthy jolt by offering his help for Gayle’s choice for the masterpiece occasion as long as the veteran kept up wanted dimensions of fitness.
Then, Pooran awed the selectors with his stroke-production in the eight T20Is he has played for Windies. The left-handed wicketkeeper-bat gloats of a strike rate of 152.57, a measurement additionally key to his securing by Kings XI Punjab for IPL 2019.
Also making his comeback to the team is Ashley Nurse, who got pectoral muscle damage during the fourth ODI against India in November last year.. The off-spinner was constrained out in the resulting fifth ODI and has been out of arena since.
Opener Evin Lewis, who hauled out of the limited-overs series in India, likewise makes his comeback in the national ODI side. He was before reviewed to the T20I squad for the series against Bangladesh following Windies’ voyage through India. Experienced batsman Marlon Samuels stays inaccessible because of treatment on his knees.
“We welcome the arrival of Chris Gayle who missed the last two tours of South Asia and Ashley Nurse from damage. We are satisfied to acquaint Nicholas Pooran with the ODI squad out of the blue. He is plainly a youthful player with undoubted ability and we trust he can enhance our center request,” said Windies’ Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne.
Browne noticed that pacer Shannon Gabriel hasn’t been chosen for the initial two one-dayers given his remaining task at hand. “Shannon Gabriel stays especially in our World Cup plans yet with a substantial outstanding burden expected in the Test series he will be considered for choice later in the ODI series,” he concluded.
The five-game series starts in Barbados on 20th February.
ODI team: Fabian Allen, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (C), Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas