Gayle’s Return Will Strengthen the Team: Shai Hope

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Windies batsman Shai Hope said Chris Gayle’s return to the One-Day International side would boost their chances in the series against England.

A veteran of 284 ODIs, Gayle has been called to the side for the first time since July 2018. Hope said Gayle’s influence would be useful as the side identifies combinations for the World Cup, after which the left-handed opener will retire from ODIs.

“It’s great, just to see him (Gayle) at nets. Good laugh, good shots as well, and he’s going to strengthen the team a lot,” said Hope. “We know the importance that Gayle brings to the team. He has a lot of experience and we need to make sure we use that experience and strengthen the entire team.

“We can use this as a good gauge for us going into the World Cup. We are still looking at some plans, in terms of what is the best fit and combination but it’s a good challenge for us and we’ve got some work to do.”

The first ODI is scheduled for Wednesday (February 20), with the fifth match concluding the series on March 2. The sides will then clash for a three-match T20I series.

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