Wade fears Gayle backlash

31 January 2013 07:12:12 EST
Matthew Wade is refusing to write off Chris Gayle.

Australia won't make the mistake of under-estimating Chris Gayle when they launch their five-match ODI series against the West Indies on Friday.

That is the view from wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, as the home side look to win a limited-overs series for the first time this summer. Australia drew the one-day series against Sri Lanka 2-2, before losing both T20 encounters.

Every time you play against Chris Gayle, you're hoping to get him out early.

Matthew Wade

If the cricketing public are in the mood to dismiss Gayle as a force during the series starting at the WACA Ground, that's not a view shared by the Australian players.

Gayle had a nightmare in the Big Bash League as his Sydney Thunder side picked up the wooden spoon. The big left-hander scored just 72 runs at an average of 12 in his first six innings for the winless Thunder.

Gayle has also failed to pass 35 in his past eight ODIs, but Wade said: ''He's dangerous wherever you bowl to him. He's shown over a long period of time he can take any attack down. Every time you play against Chris Gayle, you're hoping to get him out early.

''It would be nice if we could do the same over these next five one-dayers. But he'll be looking to go pretty hard at us, I would have thought. We've just got to execute our plans.''

Having won the T20 World Cup last October, the Windies are determined to translate their T20 form into the 50-over game where they lost their last series 3-2 to Bangladesh.

Australia skipper Michael Clarke, who missed the final ODI against Sri Lanka due to an ankle injury, batted in the WACA Ground nets on Wednesday and is almost certain to play on Friday. But opener David Warner will miss at least the first two ODIs after injuring his thumb at training on Wednesday.

Warner suffered a minor fracture in the nets, and has been replaced in the squad by Usman Khawaja.

Australia are 8/15 to win the first ODI against the West Indies, who are priced at 6/4 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Michael Clarke is 3/1 to be Australia's top run-scorer.

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