Gayle returns to the training ground

Chennai, India – West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle took to the field today as the West Indies had a full training session ahead of Thursday’s match against England.

The 31-year-old Gayle missed last Friday’s win against Ireland in Mohali due to an abdominal strain. He has been undergoing treatment since then and is expected to be fit for the clash against England at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk.

Speaking on Tuesday, allrounder Kieron Pollard said Gayle was in good spirits and the team it would be great to have the experienced talisman back in the starting line-up.

“Chris has started back training and from the way things look he is feeling quite good. We all know he is a world-class player and one of the biggest hitter the game has ever seen and we would be delighted to have him back for the match against England. The signs are looking good,” Pollard said.

Meanwhile, England skipper Andrew Strauss and main spinner Graeme Swann missed Tuesday’s practice with a stomach bug but both are likely to feature in Thursday’s Group B match.

“I’m pretty confident they will be alright. These things usually last 24 to 48 hours, so I’m glad it’s happened now and not tomorrow... they should be ready for the game.”

Both teams will have training again on Wednesday. West Indies are second in the group, while England are fifth. West Indies will qualify for the quarter-finals with a win and that would put England out of the tournament.

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