Gayle wants huge performance to mark 100th Test

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West Indies batsman Chris Gayle is determined to mark the 100th Test of a rather impressive career with a solid performance.

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle is determined to mark the 100th Test of a rather impressive career with a solid performance.

Gayle became only the 59th cricketer to achieve the milestone on Sunday, when the series opener against New Zealand at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, got underway.

"I've reached my 100th match and it is special because it is at home. Sabina Park is my favourite ground. It has changed a bit over the years and it's very special to play cricket here at home with my family, friends and supporters in the crowd, I always love playing at home and Sunday's match will have great significance for me," enthused Gayle.

"I also want to have a huge performance. I'm sure the fans will be thrilled to see this occasion on television across the Caribbean and around the world. They have been very supportive throughout the years when I have had my ups and downs."

The 34-year-old Gayle is the ninth West Indian to reach 100 Test caps, after team-mate Shivnarine Chanderpaul, former batsmen Viv Richards, Brian Lara, Desmond Haynes, Clive Lloyd, Gordon Greenidge, erstwhile all-rounder Carl Hooper and ex-fast bowler Courtney Walsh. The Antigua-born Curtly Ambrose, meanwhile, retired after 98.

"I have had my challenges coming up to my 100th Test match. To be able to stand here today I am very proud and I want to keep scoring runs and represent the West Indies for as long as I can," added Gayle.

"To share a dressing room with Ambrose and Walsh – and being at first slip with the two big men bowling and hitting edges and me taking a few catches – was very good for me."

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