West Indies Seek Revenge Against New Zealand in Chris Gayle's 100th Test

Chris Gayle will become only the ninth West Indian to play 100 Test matches when his side battles New Zealand at Sabina Park. The hosts were earlier beaten 2-0 in Tests played in New Zealand.

updated: June 07, 2014 20:44 IST
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Much of the focus around the series has been around Chris Gayle's approaching 100th Test.

West Indies will be bent on revenge while New Zealand are concerned about the crooked arm of a key opposition bowler heading into the first match of the three-Test series starting on Sunday at Sabina Park in Jamaica.

While much of the local focus on the fixture has centred on local hero Chris Gayle becoming just the ninth Caribbean cricketer to play 100 Tests, the bludgeoning opening batsman's impending landmark has taken a backseat in the minds of the visitors, with coach Mike Hesson raising questions as to the match referee's ability to effectively police the action of Shane Shillingford.

Suspended from the international game for the second time in his career following two Tests in India last November, the tall off-spinner is set for a return on a pitch that may lack the venom of old but should still have enough bounce to allow both the Dominican and the even more gangling left-armer Sulieman Benn of Barbados to pose significant threats.

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