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08-Feb-2019 05:52:00 GMT
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West Indies recall Gayle for England ODI series

St. Kitts: Opening batsman Chris Gayle has been recalled to the West Indies one-day international (ODI) squad for the first two games of this month's five-match series against England.

Gayle last played an ODI for Windies in the home ODI series against Bangladesh in July last year.

The 39-year-old, who has scored 9,727 runs and racked up 23 centuries in 284 ODIs, was recalled by the West Indies cricket board as it fine-tunes the squad ahead of the World Cup in England next May.

Gayle was West Indies' highest run scorer in the previous World Cup in 2015, making 340 runs at an average of 56.66.

Spin bowler Ashley Nurse has returned from injury while 23-year-old wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran earns his first call-up to the national side.

The one-day international series begins in Barbados on Feb. 20 with the first two matches to be played at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.

West Indies are 2-0 up in the test series, with the third and final test starting on Saturday in St Lucia.

ODI squad:
Fabian Allen, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (C), Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas

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