Sabina braces for Gayle storm

Paul Burrowes

Thursday, August 02, 2012    

Print this page Email A Friend!

As one of nine West Indian to amass more than 6,000 runs in Test cricket, 32-year-old Chris Gayle has a remarkable low batting average at Sabina Park.

His fellow Jamaicans, George Headley, Lawrence Rowe and Jimmy Adams have featured at the ground. In fact, among batsmen playing at least five innings there, the trio boasts leading batting averages.

Headley struck two centuries from five innings to shine with a batting average of 130.00.

Rowe roared with three centuries from his seven innings to own a 113.40 batting average, while Adams' five innings, including one century, puts his at 109.33.

Gayle, meanwhile, played 15 innings at Sabina Park, with one century and one half-century, to have a meagre 24.27 batting average.

The 6ft-5in left-handed batsmen will have the opportunity time to show his true colours at Sabina Park when the Windies take on New Zealand in the second Test beginning today.

A double century would boost his average wonderfully and he would join Sir Garfield Sobers, Headley, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Conrad Hunte, Frank Worrell and Brian Lara as West Indians scoring more than 200 runs in an innings in Kingston.

With more than 100 catches in One Day Internationals (102), Gayle needs another 14 catches to achieve a similar milestone in Test.

He has, however, never taken more than three catches in an innings or match in Test and will have to better the fielding performance of Jimmy Adams at Sabina.

Adams holds the Test record of six catches in a match on the ground, achieved against England in February 1994.

Only four West Indians have so far taken more than 100 catches in Test, namely Lara (164), Sir Viv Richards (122), Carl Hooper (115) and Sobers (109).

Gayle remains the top West Indian run-getter against the Kiwis, accumulating 1,034 runs from 13 innings with a batting average of 86.16.





1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper – email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus


Do you think an increase in JUTC bus fares is justified at this time?

View Results »


Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon