Saturday 23 November 2013 

Gayle Out For A Month With Hamstring Tear

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle is out of the ODI series in India and the Tests in New Zealand
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Chris Gayle faces up to a month on the sidelines, and will miss the Test series in New Zealand, after tearing a hamstring in the first One-Day International against India.

Gayle suffered the injury after he was run out early in the match at Kochi and played no further part in the game.

He will now return home for rehabilitation and has already been ruled out of the three Tests in New Zealand, which take place between 3rd and 23rd December.

Although no replacement has been named in the ODI squad, Kraigg Brathwaite will open the batting for the West Indies when they head to New Zealand.

"Chris will need three to four weeks to recover from this injury, and he is returning to the Caribbean for injury management and subsequent physical rehabilitation," physiotherapist C.J. Clark said.

"He will be assessed continuously over the period with a view for him to be fit for the five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals in New Zealand."

Head coach Ottis Gibson added that although Gayle would be missed, his absence gives an opportunity for 20-year-old Braithwaite, who has already played nine Tests to impress.

"He is our best batsman in this format," Gibson said. "He is one of the sneior players in the team and one of the players that know Indian conditions quite well.

"But I will always try to look at the positive and it gives an dopportunity for somebody else to make a name for himself."

© Cricket World 2013

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