Gayle Aims To Mark 200th ODI With Bristol Victory
The second One Day International at Bristol on 24th May will be West Indian captain Chris Gayle's 200th and he is keen to mark the milestone with a win over England.
The first ODI at Headingley was washed out and Gayle is hoping to lead his side to a first win over England on the tour after they lost the Test series 2-0.
"It's another milestone in my career and I'm happy to be able to play in my 200th ODI for the West Indies," Gayle said.
Although the match will indeed be his 200th ODI, he will have to wait for his 200th for the West Indies as his tally includes three games for the ICC World XI.
"It is an honour. What would be really nice is if we could beat England and that would be more even more memorable. My
100th match was also against England at Lord's and I got a hundred. It would be nice to get off to a good start and go on to take the series," Gayle added.
"After losing the Test series, we would love to get off to a flier tomorrow and release some pressure. We lost the One Day series in the West Indies 3-2. Now we're looking to gain that momentum, and start a good build-up to the Twenty/20 World Cup."
The West Indies take on Australia and South Africa in the ICC World Twenty20, which begins on 5th June. The third and final ODI against England is on 26th May at Edgbaston.
And Gayle added that his squad had been buoyed by training in warm weather and receiving news of a good weather forecast for the match.
"There will be sunshine tomorrow, and we are really looking forward to it. Sitting around at Headingley was not what we wanted and we are ready to get back to playing cricket," he said.
"Everyone is looking to make some kind of impact. It doesn't matter who. We would love everyone to be on top of
their game so we could have a near perfect game. That would be lovely. We want the guys to go out there and establish themselves and that would be wonderful."
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