Tuesday 24 June 2008 

Gayle Reveals West Indies Are Carrying Injuries

West Indies captain Chris Gayle revealed that several critical players are carrying niggling injuries into the Digicel One Day International Series against Australian but he opined that this will give the younger players a chance to prove their worth.

"The team is carrying a few niggles so we have to be careful how we use the guys (because) guys are struggling but we will try to come with the best combination tomorrow and see how well we can cope with it against Australia," Gayle said while indicating that vice captain Ramnaresh Sarwan, master batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and first choice wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin are all carrying various niggling injuries.

"It is an opportunity for the likes of (Andre) Fletcher (and Kieron) Pollard (who) has been around to get a chance to play and try and prove (themselves). We want to give everyone a chance, we have the (ICC) Champion's Trophy coming up (in September in Pakistan) so we want to look at everyone," Gayle told reporters after the West Indies practice session at Arnos Vale on Monday.

Gayle also said that he was worried about his own groin injury which he has been carrying for two months and from which he has not yet fully recovered.

"I'm a bit concerned, I never got any sort of injury like this before and speaking to people who had groin injuries they say it does tend to take a lot of time but I thought it was going to be two weeks but it is two months now, I just have to blank it out and try and play with it and see how well I can contribute to the team, if it's not working out then obviously I'll have to sit out," Gayle said frankly.

While the 28 year old left hander confirmed that he will lead the team despite not being fully recovered he said the team will decide on whether Sarwan and Chanderpaul will take part on Tuesday morning before the start of the First Digicel One Day International at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex.

"We'll see how they (Sarwan and Chanderpaul) feel tomorrow and if they get a chance to play tomorrow, we have to wait and see," said Gayle who along with his senior team mates rested from the one off Digicel Twenty20 game in Barbados on Friday which the West Indies team, led by Dwayne Bravo, won by seven wickets.

The powerful left handed opener said that he would have to overcome fears of aggravating his injury and look to be positive when batting.

"I want to go out there and be positive and block out the negatives, you don't want to take on too much things at this particular time, you go out there a bit worried about the injury so you have to know how to pace yourself," Gayle said.

Should Ramdin not be able to make the final eleven based on his niggling injury Patrick Browne, the Barbadian wicketkeeper who has played four One Day Internationals will take up duties behind the stumps. Andre Fletcher, who debuted in the Digicel Twenty20 as a batsman, is also another option as he also wicketkeeps for the Windward Islands and his native Grenada.

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