Chris Gayle backtracks on West Indies retirement
Gayle also declares himself available for Test selection
By Press Association
Last Updated: 26/06/19 5:28pm
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has backtracked on plans to retire from one-day cricket after the World Cup, as well as declaring himself open to a first Test appearance in five years.
Earlier this year the 39-year-old declared he would end his 50-over career after the tournament but, speaking ahead of Thursday's clash against India, the self-proclaimed 'Universe Boss' looks to have changed his mind.
In the same breath as ruling himself out of August's Twenty20 double-header against India in Florida, he seemed to set his sights on the subsequent ODI series and - most improbably - a 104th Test cap.
Asked what lay ahead, he said: "Maybe a Test match against India and then I'll play, definitely play the ODIs against India. I won't play the T20s. That's my plan after World Cup.
"I still have a few games to go, maybe another series to go, who knows? We'll see what happens.
"In these next three games, I'd love to get a hundred. But if it doesn't happen, I can't actually complain or be too hard on myself. I've actually achieved a lot.
"I'm definitely up there with the greats without a doubt. I enjoy each and every moment playing for West Indies.
"It's been a lot of ups and downs. But I could not have had a better career as a player representing the West Indies."
Gayle was invited to nominate a successor to act as a "mini Universe Boss" in the future and though he was reticent to share the mantle, he had fond words for some of his team-mates.
"Mini Universe Boss? That's a serious name. But definitely the future is bright for West Indies cricket, without a doubt," he said. "Nicholas Pooran is going to be a savage youngster, trust me on that one. (Shimron) Hetmyer: his name has been calling in all forms of the game so far.
"Carlos (Brathwaite) actually came of age and produced such a good innings, got his first ODI 100 [against New Zealand] as well, so that's fantastic.
"Trust me, it will be much, much better for them within their career going forward."
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