Windies skipper Gayle pondering Test future
LONDON: West Indies captain Chris Gayle admitted here Wednesday he was considering his own future as a Test cricketer but insisted he did not think the five-day game was dying.
The opening batsman, speaking to reporters at the Riverside ahead of the second Test against England which starts here on Thursday, said an interview he''d given to Wednesday''s edition of Britain''s Guardian newspaper had seen him "misquoted" and misinterpreted".
Gayle reportedly told the Guardian he "would not be so sad" if Tests ceased to exist in an era of Twenty20 cricket. But he insisted his comments were made in reference solely to his own career.
"Test cricket is always going to be there, but they were my views on Test cricket as an individual," he told reporters at the Riverside.
"I don''t see myself playing Tests for any long period of time. I think Test cricket will always be there.
"Twenty20 has come onboard and it''s made a huge impact on the world, it''s brilliant, games have been sold out and it has taken the place by storm.
"I look at Test cricket differently, I don''t see it as long term for me, just for me, I''m just speaking about myself."
The West Indies captain''s arrival from playing in the lucrative Twenty20 Indian Premier League tournament in South Africa just two days before the start of the first of a two-Test series at Lord''s - a match the tourists lost by 10 wickets inside three days to go 1-0 down in the two-match series - led opposite number Andrew Strauss to say he could not imagine an England player turning up from overseas so soon before a Test.
Asked how much longer he would play in the five-day format the 29-year-old Gayle, who led a youthful West Indies team to a 1-0 series win over England in the Caribbean earlier this year, said: "I''m trying to give back to West Indies cricket.
"There''s a lot of young players here so hopefully with my guidance, and Shiv (Shivnarine Chanderpaul) and (Ramnaresh) Sarwan, we can help the players who come onboard and share our experiences of Test cricket.