'I want to improve my Kingston record'
Gayle conceded he might have to play more cautiously rather than his normal flamboyant style.india Updated: Jun 30, 2006 20:19 IST
West Indies opener Chris Gayle is keen to improve his abysmal Test record on his home ground when the fourth and final match against India begins here on Friday.
Gayle, who will be playing his 61st Test at Sabina Park here, has just about half of his overall average of 39.60 on his home turf. And this is what he intends to improve.
"Everybody wants to do well at his home ground and it has been slightly frustrating that I have only managed just one half-century in seven Tests," he said in his exclusive 'Bigstarcricket' diary.
"If you ask me why my record is like that in Jamaica, I wouldn't say that it was because of more pressure at home, but I think the wicket at Sabina Park does a bit more, seams a lot than any other pitch in the Caribbean. So, bowlers do get more assistance there and it is something I need to work on," he said.
He conceded he might have to play more cautiously rather than his normal flamboyant style.
Gayle said one thing that gave him some confidence is the fact that he averaged almost 40 here in one-day internationals.
"...so there is no reason why I can't translate that form into the Test arena. I scored 123 against India in the ODIs there last month when India won. Hopefully, there will be a different outcome this time."
Gayle is also keen to improve his conversion rate of half-centuries into centuries, having made 83 in the third Test. He had scored seven Test hundreds in his 60 Test matches.
The series stands at 0-0, with the first two matches marred by bad weather.