Chris Gayle could be a doubtful starter for West Indies’ second ODI against New Zealand in Christchurch on Saturday. The opener scored 22 in Wednesday’s first ODI in Whangarei, and did not field during New Zealand’s innings. New Zealand won the match by five wickets.
“He took ill,” West Indies coach Stuart Law said after the match, when asked why Gayle hadn’t taken the field. “He’s going to seek further medical advice once we arrive in Christchurch tomorrow. At this point in time I can’t give you any further details of what’s going on.”
Doug Bracewell’s return in New Zealand colours may have had a happy ending – he took a match-winning 4 for 55 – but it began with the fast bowler feeling “nervous”.
A knee injury picked up last season has been causing him some trouble recently, so much that he didn’t feel entirely well returning to domestic cricket in 2017-18. ‘’I’m not going to lie it was pretty tough, it was quite sore but I managed to get through,” he told the New Zealand Herald. ‘’In the first couple of games [with Central Districts], I was a little nervous and anxious.”
But things are looking a bit better now, and being back among his friends and team-mates again appears to have helped. “It has improved a hell of a lot in the last couple of weeks so there’s positive signs there. It was exciting but I’ve been around this group a while. It’s just good to be back when the team is going well. The guys were all encouraging and gave me that belief.”
Law did not divulge any details of Gayle’s illness. “I’m not a doctor,” he said. “I can’t give you any more, so I apologise. We should get a full appraisal tomorrow.”Sent in to bat, West Indies posted a total of 248 for 9, which New Zealand overhauled with four overs to spare. Law said conditions changed significantly through the course of the match, and that New Zealand had won an important toss.
“We would have liked to have bowled first as well,” he said. “Whether or not the wicket got damp through the covers… it was certainly a tackiness to the surface when the game started.