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Gayle makes Lord's return Published: 11 June 2012

The returning Chris Gayle is the star attraction for the West Indians when they take on Middlesex at Lord's on Wednesday 13 June.

Gayle returns to the West Indies set-up ahead of the ODI series against England after spending the past year in dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board.

The 32-year-old's return in a maroon shirt comes at the Home of Cricket as Darren Sammy's team look to bounce back from defeat in the Test series with a warm-up win over Middlesex.

Gayle, widely regarded as one of the most exciting batsmen in the world, has been plying his trade in the IPL with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, finishing as the competition's top run scorer. Gayle smashed 733 runs in 14 innings for RCB, at an average of 61.08 and with a stunning strike rate of 160.74.

His reputation as one of the cleanest strikers of a cricket ball in the modern era was further enhanced by a his phenomenal six-hit tally, which reached a staggering 59. The next highest total by one batsman was 20.

The West Indians will also welcome back other IPL stars to their midst at Lord's, including Dwayne Bravo and the swashbuckling all-rounder Kieran Pollard.

Pollard come close to making history at Lord's for Somerset in a T20 match in 2010 when his monster straight six came inches close to clearing the Lord's Pavilion.

Only one man, Albert Trott, has ever achieved the feat of hitting the ball completely over the Pavilion, and Pollard's effort reached the roof terrace before just failing to completely clear the Victorian, Grade II* listed building.

 


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