Chris Gayle “good to go” for 3rd ODI against England says Holder

Vastavam web: Chris Gayle is “good to go” for tomorrow’s third One-day International against England, according to West Indies captain Jason Holder.The star batsman suffered a twinge in his right hamstring while warming-up shortly before the toss in Thursday’s second ODI in Nottingham his 38th birthday.It turned out to be a good match to miss, with only 2.2 overs bowled before rain led to a no-result washout that left England 1-0 up in this five-match series.
Gayle has scored over 9,000 runs in 265 ODI innings, including 22 hundreds, at an average of more than 37 and with a strike rate in excess of 85.He only arrived in England for the white-ball leg of West Indies’ tour, having effectively made himself ineligible for the preceding 2-1 Test series loss by not not taking part in domestic first-class cricket in the Caribbean.Gayle gave glimpses of his renowned boundary-hitting ability with a quickfire 40 in West Indies’ win in the lone Twenty20 at Chester-le-Street last Saturday — a repeat of their 2016 World Twenty20 final win over England in Kolkata — before following that up with a rapid 37 during a seven-wicket defeat in the first ODI at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
England new-ball bowler David Willey is well aware of the threat posed by the ‘Universe Boss’, saying: “We’ve seen what Gayle can do, and he’s done it time and time again.”If it’s his day, and he gets hold of it, the way he hits it it’s going to clear the ropes.”So you do want to get him early, and we’ve looked at footage and we’ve got a rough idea where we want to bowl to him,” the Yorkshire left-arm paceman added.”We started to bowl last time, and then he was unable to take the field,” said Holder.
“I think he should be all right going into the game, but we’re still not entirely sure.” At 1-0 down with three to play, West Indies know another defeat will scupper their hopes of coming out on top in this campaign.But while West Indies’ focus on squaring the series, Holder said the squad were also thinking of all those in the Caribbean affected by Hurricane Maria.