• Gayle hints at ODI retirement u-turn

    West Indies batsman Chris Gayle might not retire from ODI cricket after the World Cup later this year.

    Earlier this month, Gayle stated that a prolific two decades in the intermediate format of the international game would end in the United Kingdom in July.

    ‘I’ve been playing a lot of T20 cricket, so it’s always going to be a difficult coming back into 50-over cricket. But eventually the body gets accustomed to the 50-over format,’ said Gayle.

    ‘I just have to work on the body and then maybe you can see a bit more Chris Gayle, maybe. Things change quickly. Hopefully the body can change in the next couple of months and we can see what happens.

    ‘What’s the matter with the body? I’m nearly 40. But could I un-retire? We’ll see. We’ll take it slowly.’

    The 39-year-old became the 14th cricketer – and second West Indian after fellow left-hander Brian Lara – to amass 10,000 ODI runs on Wednesday. He struck 162 in defeat to England in the fourth ODI at the National Cricket Stadium in St George’s, Grenada.

    ‘To get the 10,000 run milestone is a great feeling. I’ve done it in T20 cricket as well. It’s a fantastic achievement from my point of view. Doing it for West Indies as well, that makes it even more superb,’ he added.

    ‘I think this is one of the most entertaining games I’ve ever played in. It was a fantastic game of cricket.’

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