Gayle headed to Germany for back treatment

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Batsman Chris Gayle will travel to Germany to undergo back treatment ahead of the West Indies' series against New Zealand.

Batsman Chris Gayle will travel to Germany to undergo back treatment ahead of the West Indies' series against New Zealand.

Gayle nursed the injury throughout the 2014 Indian Premier League. His franchise, the Royal Challengers Bangalore, did not reach the play-offs stage of the lucrative Twenty20 tournament.

"It started at the end of the World T20. I thought initially it was a simple thing but I went back home for a couple of days," Gayle told <i>Indian Express</i>.

"Then I travelled back to Dubai to play in the IPL and when I started training I found it difficult.

"I could not bat properly and bending was a problem and sprinting between the wickets was a problem even though you guys don't see me running much. It was difficult but I tried my best."

The left-handed Gayle, if selected, will welcome a prolific 100th Test match cap for the series opener, which will get underway in Kingston on 8 June. The Windies and Black Caps will meet for two more Tests – in Trinidad and Guyana – and two Twenty20 Internationals – in Dominica.

"It will mean a lot to me. I have been serving West Indies cricket for the last 13 years and going on to 14 years now, I am actually looking forward to this milestone," he concluded.

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