Big-hitting opener Chris Gayle made an emphatic return for West Indies during the one-off T20I against England in Durham on Saturday. The 37-year old smashed a quickfire 40 off just 21 balls as West Indies defeated England by 21 runs in their lone T20I fixture. With this knock, Gayle has given England a taste of their own medicine and in a way has warned them of what they can expect in the five-match ODI series beginning on Tuesday.
The powerful batsman smashed three fours and four sixes in his 21-ball inning.
Interestingly, the innings was a reminder for the cricket fraternity across the world that the 37-year-old Jamaican has lost none of his power at the crease.
And England pacer Liam Plunkett believes it would be really exciting for his team to face West Indies' big-hitter in the ODIs.
"I don't think anyone knows (how to bowl to Gayle) do they?" Sport24 quoted Plunkett as saying.
"He's such a good player he just hits the ball out of the park wherever he wants," he added.
It should be noted that none of the West Indies side that played on Saturday featured during their recent 1-2 Test series loss in England.
However, the likes of Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Jerome Taylor are now back in the fold and would be giving West Indies the power and the confidence required to take up the battle against England in the limited-overs fixture.
"It's good they have their experienced players back, a lot of stars, and that's what you want to play against," said Plunkett.
"You want to beat the best they can bring over," added the 32-year-old fast bowler.
(With Agency Inputs)