Monday 21 January 2008 

Injured Chris Gayle To Return Home To Recover

West Indian captain Chris Gayle is to leave South Africa and return home to the West Indies to recover from a torn hamstring.

Gayle tore his hamstring in the second one-day international against Zimbabwe, missing the remaining matches of that series but played the first and second Tests against South Africa before being forced out of the third Test, the second Twenty20 International and the opening one-day international.

With him two weeks away from being able to train properly, he has been allowed to leave the party in South Africa.

Dwayne Bravo will continue in his capacity as acting captain for the remainder of the tour, although he too is not fully fit, struggling with a side strain.

"Chris will go home tonight (Monday) or tomorrow," West Indies media officer Philip Spooner said.

Team management has yet to decide whether to call for a replacement.