Zim wary of dormant Gayle

HAMILTON - Chris Gayle's love of late-night loafing - something his social media accounts bear testimony to - have made him cricket's version of New York: the man who never sleeps. His captain Jason Holder confirmed as much, albeit in a slightly more serious context.

"Chris is awake. I can assure you he's awake. He was awake from the beginning of the tournament," Jason Holder said.

"Every time I see Chris Gayle, I expect to see one Chris Gayle, and that's a positive Chris Gayle. We still have a lot of confidence in him."

While Gayle has been awake enough to enjoy feasts of jerk chicken and goat curry, attend karaoke parties, dance in reggae bars and do some bowling of the ten-pin kind, he has not been alert enough to contribute significant runs to West Indies.

His last half-century came nine innings ago, his last century 19 innings ago, and his World Cup campaign has yielded just 40 scratchy runs so far.

Gayle's interest in international cricket is a frequent talking point and it cropped again when the WICB president Dave Cameron retweeted a message from a fan calling for the Jamaican to be given a "retirement package," because he "can't buy a run."

Ironically, Gayle isn't even on a central contract and is unlikely to qualify for benefits but Cameron apologised anyway and said there was "no offense intended."

Could that be the alarm clock that wakes up Gayle up at the crease? Zimbabwe think it might be, with one of their players claiming the Jamaican has issued a warning in the hotel the teams are sharing, but they hope it won't.

"Chris Gayle isn't firing at the moment, hopefully he doesn't start firing against us in the next game," Sean Williams said. "When he gets out, every team is happy to see the back of him, but playing against him is an opportunity a lot of people don't get. I would like to get him out as fast as possible." – Cricinfo

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