JAMAICAN SOUTHPAW’S INJURY NOT SERIOUS – GAYLE ONLY TO MISS ONE GAME
West Indies captain Chris Gayle’s side injury is not serious and he will return to action for the Western Australia Warriors in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash after missing a solitary game. This information was reported to the Australian media by Warriors head coach Tom Moody who also said it was disappointing to lose Gayle even if for one game.
Gayle sustained the injury while batting against South Australia Redbacks as he plastered sixes into the WACA crowd in Perth. After smashing 40 runs from 16 deliveries Gayle was forced to retire hurt. He returned but added only four runs to his total as his team lost their opening game to the Redbacks who have Trinidadian Kieron Pollard in their ranks.
Gayle will miss the next Warriors match – an away game at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart against the Tasmania Tigers on Friday night but will return on January 5th for the clash with the New South Wales Blues.
In that game, Gayle will go up against former Windies teammate Dwayne Smith. Smith played in the Blues opening encounter with the Tigers but scored only 3. The medium pace all rounder took 1 for 20 from 3 overs in a match which the Blues won handsomely by 31 runs.
Openers Phil Hughes and David Warner hit thunderous half centuries as they registered 71 and 67 respectively for the Blues while Tim Payne top scored with 48 for the Tigers who joined the Warriors and Queensland Bulls as the teams to have lost their first round matches.
The Redbacks, Blues and Dwayne Bravo’s Victoria Bushrangers sealed first round wins.
On January 2nd at the MCG, Bravo will go up against Smith as the Bushrangers host the Blues. The following evening Pollard – who creamed a topscore of 45 from 31 balls – will be on show against the Queesland Bulls on home turf at the Adelaide Oval.