Chris Gayle is a doubtful starter in the second ODI against New Zealand

Chris Gayle is a doubtful starter in the second ODI against New Zealand

Windies would want their star player to be fit and ready for the second ODI.

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle of West Indies. (Photo by Dave Rowland/Getty Images)

The Windies big-hitting opener Chris Gayle seems to be a doubtful starter in the second ODI against New Zealand at Christchurch on December 24. He did not even take the field due to illness when his team was defending the total in the first ODI of the three-match series. However, their head coach Stuart Law revealed that Gayle would be seeking medical advice once the Windies team reaches Christchurch tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the hosts had the ideal start to the series with a five-wicket victory over the visitors who seemed to lack the strengths and the goods to compete at this level of the game. The Windies batters except for opening batsman Evin Lewis who scored 76 runs, failed to score big runs while batting first.

For the Kiwis, returning all-rounder Doug Bracewell produced a superb spell to claim four wickets in the match and was also awarded the Man of the Match. The New Zealand batters chased down the target of 249 runs pretty easily with four overs to spare.

I’m not a doctor said Law

Windies coach Stuart Law revealed that Gayle seemed to be ill after the completion of the first innings of 1st ODI at Cobham Oval (New). He mentioned the fact that he is not a doctor who can tell the exact thing but can only reveal the complete details after seeking the medical advice.

He said that the management and the team are expecting a full appraisal on this matter by tomorrow. Windies would want their star player to be fit and ready for the second ODI after the hosts gained the upper hand with a lead of 1-0 in the three-match ODI series.

“He took ill. 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. I’m not a doctor. I can’t give you any more, so I apologize. We should get a full appraisal tomorrow,” said the coach on Gayle’s condition as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.