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Not retiring from any format: Gayle

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  22 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Wellington, March 21: West Indies batsman Chris Gayle on Saturday made it clear that he is not retiring from any form of the game, but a recurring back injury will keep him out of upcoming Test series against England.

"I'm actually out of the Test series, the back won't hold up for that format at this point in time. But I haven't retired from any format as yet," Gayle was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.

"As I go on I will keep informing the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) about my progress in the future with West Indies cricket."

The West Indies were knocked out of the World Cup on Saturday after losing their quarter-fil against New Zealand by 143 runs.

The 35-year-old said that he would love to play in 2016 World T20 to be held in India and there is no doubt about that.

"Definitely I want to play the T20 World Cup next year for West Indies, there's no doubt about that," the left-handed batsman said.

"I've got a few concerns and a few injury to try and solve. I'll give myself some time and hopefully look back at it and see how well I can actually progress for West Indies cricket at this point in time.”

Gayle said the two-time World Champions played well in the World Cup and were a 'good all-round team', even though they missed Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard - whose omissions he had spoken out against before the tourment.

"I thought we played some great cricket," Gayle said. "Yes we missed Bravo and Pollard, but I thought we did well. We had a good all-round team, and the guys played some crucial innings for us.”

WICB appointed 23-year-old all-rounder Jason Holder as the West Indies' ODI captain before the World Cup. IANS

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