Tuesday 17 June 2008 

Gayle Pleased With West Indies Team&#39s Progress

West Indies captain Chris Gayle is proud of the way his side fought against the world champion Australia during the Digicel Test Series which the visitors won 2-0 after their 87 run win in the Third Digicel Test at the Kensington Oval.

“I think we played good cricket throughout the (Digicel Test) Series but unfortunately we came out on the losing side,” Gayle told commentator and cricket writer Tony Cozier in the post game presentation ceremony.

“It was a good game today, I can’t fault the guys for the effort they put in, (having scored) 387 runs (in the second innings) was pretty good but unfortunately we lost,” said the 27 year old left hander who missed the first two Digicel Tests due to a long standing groin injury.

In his absence the home side was led by vice captain Ramnaresh Sarwan. After losing at Sabina Park in Jamaica the West Indies drew in Antigua.

Asked by Cozier whether the team had genuine belief that they could have achieved the 240 runs needed on the final day to pull off an historic and improbable win Gayle said they had planned for victory and were not settling for a draw.

“Yeah, definitely, but we knew that it (beating Australia in the Final Digicel Test) was not going to be easy, someone had to get a big hundred which we didn’t get in this game,” said Gayle who made scores of 14 and 26 in the match.

“Partnerships (were) key in this innings, once we batted out the day we knew we would get the runs (475 to win) but this didn’t happen today,” Gayle observed.

Asked whether from the captain’s perspective the improvement seen on the field has been satisfactory said he had no qualms with the pace of the progress shown by the players.

“The guys are really enjoying their cricket, they have become more mature so hopefully we can continue in the same vein in the (Digicel) One Day Series,” the captain said.

And he went on to point out the players selected for the upcoming Digicel International Twenty20 match, the first of its kind in the Caribbean are geed up and looking forward to the challenge.

“We’re looking forward to it and it is for us to play good competitive cricket against the number one team in the world,” Gayle said.

He also hinted that some new players were selected in the yet to be released squad.

“We have some new faces, it’s going to be interesting, we’re looking for players to be in the international level and try and capitalize on whatever chances they get to play against the number one team in the world,” Gayle said.

© Digicel Cricket

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