West Indies captain Darren Sammy left the door open for former captain Chris Gayle to return in the remains of the Test series against England after the tourist defeat in the opener at Lord's.
West Indies went down to a 5-wicket loss here on Monday to fall 1-0 behind in the 3-match series. They did so without dynamic opening batsman Gayle, who has not played international cricket for more than a year following a argument with the West Indies Cricket Board But Gayle said previously this month he would not be worship his contract with county side Somerset so as to make himself presented to the West Indies in this tour of England.
As he was not chosen in the Test squad, it had been idea Gayle would return to the side for the ODI series against England, which starts in Southampton on June 16.Gayle has been playing in the profitable IPL Twenty20 competition but his IPL commitments have done after the Royal Challengers Bangalore were eliminate from the tournament.
Although his fraught association with the WICB means it is unlikely Gayle will feature in the Test series, particularly as the 2nd match starts on Friday at Trent Bridge, Sammy refused to rule him out totally.
Whatever happens outside this team takes its own course, Sammy told Sky Sports. Whoever comes in we will welcome them into the team and with any luck they will help. It is up to the selectors to select the team.