Chris Gayle scored a breezy half-century in setting up West Indies' win in the first Test © Getty Images
Chris Gayle scored a breezy half-century in setting up West Indies’ win in the first Test © Getty Images

Sep 12, 2014

West Indies’ swashbuckling opening batsman Chris Gayle has backed out of the side for the 2nd Test against Bangladesh at St Lucia, citing a “personal matter” and is replaced by the uncapped Leon Johnson. Gayle showed fine form in the first Test at St Vincent, where the hosts cruised to a comprehensive 10 wicket win to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The upcoming second Test also marks the Windies’ 500th Test, sportal.com.au reports.

Gayle has had a rather busy calendar in recent times. He captained his home side Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL); preceding the tournament he completed a landmark 100 Tests against New Zealand in his hometown. With Kraigg Brathwaite’s monumental double century showing that there is fight at the top even without Gayle, West Indies still look armed to complete a series whitewash against the depleted Bangladesh side.

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