Gayle: ‘I’m the king of all formats’

County Cricket

West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle says he is not just a master of the T20 format, but rather all forms of the game, and has ambitions to get back into the Test side in future.

Gayle has often opted not to play for the Test team in recent months, citing the heavy workload on his lower back and hamstrings, but has played the IPL and for Somerset in the T20 Blast in recent weeks.

But with the Windies a Test down against Australia currently, and Gayle absent, he says he wants to play the longest format again, while keeping his body's requirements in mind.

Gayle, still in the UK, told Cricinfo "I'd love to play a few more international games to be honest with you. But we'll have to wait and see.

"It's tough, the travelling is very hectic, sometimes you have to know when you've reached the limit in life, sometimes you have to draw the line.

"But I will still push to play international cricket, when I go back home I will have a discussion with the coach and maybe with the board, so that we can work out Chris Gayle's future, to see if they are still interested.

"I am still interested so I'll look forward to that and see how best it can work out."

Of his reputation as a T20 blaster, and his love of Tests, Gayle added: "People all say Chris is the king of T20, Chris is the this and that of T20, I am the king of Test cricket too.

"I scored two triple centuries. And 21 ODI centuries. So I'm the king of something. The king of all formats.

"A Test match is fantastic. It's a test of character but the entertainment part of cricket is phenomenal. T20 has actually brought new cricket fans into the game, so we have to continue with this as well so that people who didn't watch can eventually get to watch Test cricket.

"West Indies are in the middle of a Test series against Australia, so fingers crossed some youngsters get some opportunities and I hope they make the best use of it, we definitely have to look to the future sometimes."