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Gayle will be all fired up to take on key England duo, says coach


Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle will "relish" the chance to take down England quicks Mark Wood and Jofra Archer, according to West Indies coach Corey Collymore.

Gayle is due to retire from one-day cricket after the World Cup and is eager to bow out on a high befitting his self-appointed 'Universe Boss' moniker.

The 39-year-old proved there was plenty left in the tank when England toured the Caribbean over the winter, smashing a record 39 sixes in a drawn five-match series.

The teams reconvene at the Hampshire Bowl tomorrow, when Gayle can expect to be faced with a barrage from Barbados-born Archer and Durham's Wood.

Both men have hit 95mph since the start of the tournament, and Archer is a new addition to the England side, but very little worries the Jamaican.

"Chris thrives on that. I have known him since he was 16 and he has always loved a challenge," said Collymore, the Windies bowling coach. "He has always enjoyed the challenge of fast bowling so I expect him to relish that. I have known Archer for a while and I saw Wood in the Caribbean.

"They are both very impressive, as we have seen throughout this tournament.

"I did work with him (Archer) when he was a lot younger in Barbados.

"He was very impressive, the skills he shows now are ones we always had so we are expecting more of the same from him.

"But we have quick bowlers too so it should be a lively game."

Belfast Telegraph