Chris Gayle: the Hundred will not get off the ground without me

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West Indies batsman Chris Gayle will retire from one-day global cricket after this year's World Cup.

With 9,727 ODI runs to his name since making his debut in 1999 Chris Gayle will be looking to stake his claim for a final World Cup appearance and is now 2/1 to be top run scorer over the series as he looks to bow out on a high despite questions regarding the 39-year old's ability to get through 50 overs.

There are 101 days to go until England's World Cup campaign gets under way against South Africa at the Oval and one player who should thrive during the team's exclusive diet of limited-overs matches until then is Adil Rashid. The opening batsman, on Sunday, announced he would retire from the 50-over format following the conclusion of the upcoming ICC World Cup in England and Wales this summer.

"I look to adjust what I'm bowling depending on the conditions but first and foremost, as a spinner, you have to stick to your own strengths".

"The preparation now is white-ball cricket so I focus on that - my strengths, what I'm looking to work on leading up to the World Cup and beyond", said Rashid.

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Rashid may have to bowl at Chris Gayle during the series against Windies. "The body is feeling good and I'm pleased with that".

"It is a big year for me". I've lost a bit of weight but I'm still working on my six pack. I'll be bringing some experience to play and sharing that with the youngsters and I hope to enjoy the next couple of months with the West Indies cricket team. He sits behind legendary Brian Lara on matches played and runs scored and could surpass him by the time the 39-year-old retires. In October a year ago, he had announced his retirement from List A games, scoring a century and receiving a guard of honour while playing his last game for Jamaica.

Gayle, 39, has played 284 ODIs since his debut in 1999 and has scored 9,727 runs with 23 hundreds. "But I'll be looking to put my input in as well". That, though, shouldn't concern the West Indies as long as he turns up at the World Cup and can deliver at the top. The left-handed batsman, who had helped his country win the Champions Trophy in 2004, is second highest run-scorer for Windies in ODIs.

However, Hope said while the Windies were cognisant of the challenge, they were not intimidated and would be looking to spring a surprise, similar to what occurred in the preceding three-Test series.

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