Never thought I’d see the day!

Carry his bat, carry his team, leading by example, majestic innings, captain’s knock, patient, batted for the team, composed, committed, sensible, solid, looked interested, good defence, waited for bad ball, played to the match situation, ran singles and played a proper test innings.

Not words or phrases – I would suggest – you would associate with a Chris Gayle test innings.

Remarkably on the 4th day of the 2nd test from Adelaide thats exactly what happened. Chris Gayle played a proper, patient test innings as he carried his bat to an undefeated 165 out of a total of 317.

If someone told me Chris Gayle scored a test century against Australia, I would assume it would be a ‘one day type knock’. The sort of innings where he just tee’s off and the ball flies to all parts of the ground until eventually he succumbed to one shot too many.

No, how wrong could I be. Gayle played an innings totally out of character, he waited for the bad ball, ran his singles, realized the importance of the situation and batted in a manner I have never seen before. He actually looked interested.

A far cry from the man who turned up in presence only and who made it clear he didn’t want to be in England earlier this year, in fact his attitude was a disgrace in England and I believe he should have been sacked as captain.

What has brought about this change in attitude I don’t know, but the Chris Gayle we have seen this week is impressive. For West Indian and world cricket in general, lets hope it continues.

Australia V West Indies – Test Match Betting

2nd Test Match Betting

Australia are 1/3 with Stan James and Boylesports
The Draw is 7/2 with Sportingbet and William Hill
West Indies are 12/1 with Bet365 and Betfred

Test Series Winner Betting – Australia lead series 1-0 (Best of 3)

Australia are 1/20 with Sky Bet
A Drawn Series is 16/1 with Ladbrokes
West Indies are 66/1 with Ladbrokes


1st Test – Nov 26th – Nov 30th at Brisbane
Australia 480/8d; West Indies 228 and 187 (f/o) – Australia won by an innings and 65 runs

2nd Test – Dec 4th – Dec 8th at Adelaide
3rd Test – Dec 16th – Dec 20th at Perth