Gayle’s storm

An enraged West Indies skipper
Chris Gayle has called on his players to be more consistent in every aspect of
the game after they progressed to the Super Eights, second round of the World
Twenty20 Championship.

The hosts conceded a sizeable 191
against familiar foes England on Monday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence,
and though they turned out winners in the end, Gayle said he thought the
bowlers were a little too erratic.

“We have got to be more
consistent in the bowling department. Having conceded 191 runs against England,
I think we just lacked some penetration and good line and length, but hopefully
we can get it correct by the next round,” Gayle said.

In their first game, the hosts
whipped minnows Ireland by a comfortable 70-run margin, while they got the
better of England by eight wickets under the Duckworth/Lewis method, as rain
intervened shortly after the West Indies commenced their chase.

Since the inauguration of the
Twenty20 Championship in 2007, West Indies have not come close to winning the
title and Gayle believes this is a great opportunity on home turf to be
successful.

“I think we have a good chance
of making the Caribbean people proud and with these two victories in Guyana, we
should go from strength to strength. We just have to stay focused and play hard
cricket over the next two weeks,” Gayle said.

“I think the crowd was
fantastic in Guyana and I still call on the people to continue with this sort
of support.”

West Indies meet Sri Lanka on
Friday afternoon at Kensington Oval, Barbados in a rematch of last year’s
semi-final when the Windies lost.

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