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Chris Gayle likely to miss second ODI vs New Zealand

West Indies could be without star batsman Chris Gayle in Christchurch after he fell ill during Wednesday’s ODI defeat to New Zealand.

cricket Updated: Dec 20, 2017 23:29 IST
By Alex Fisher
By Alex Fisher
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Chris Gayle failed to score big in the first ODI between New Zealand and West Indies, which the hosts won by five wickets. (AFP)

Chris Gayle is a doubt for West Indies’ second one-day international with New Zealand on Saturday after falling ill during Wednesday’s clash in Christchurch.

The top-order powerhouse only managed 22 from 31 deliveries in the series opener before becoming the first of Doug Bracewell’s four victims on his return to the international scene following a drink-driving offence.

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West Indies went on to post 248-9 from their 50 overs in Whangarei, but the hosts cruised to a five-wicket victory with four overs to spare.

While the Black Caps set about the Windies bowlers, Gayle was absent from the field as he began to feel unwell. He could miss the second of three ODIs - with the tourists needing to win to keep their chances of a series victory alive.

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“He’s ill,” coach Stuart Law said when asked about Gayle. “He’s going to seek further medical advice once we arrive in Christchurch.

“At this point in time I can’t give you any further details of what’s going on.

“I’m not a doctor. I can’t give you any more, so I apologise. We should get a full appraisal tomorrow [Thursday].”

First Published: Dec 20, 2017 20:50 IST