Gayle plots England's one-day downfall
BRISTOL: West Indies captain Chris Gayle believes his side can gain revenge for their Test thrashing against England by punishing the one-day weaknesses of Andrew Strauss's team.
Gayle knows the West Indians have a point to prove after losing the recent Test series against England 2-0 and the flamboyant batsman is convinced they can do just that in a format that suits them perfectly.
Rain at Headingley washed out the first fixture of the three-match series, but Gayle's side still have two games, at Bristol on Sunday and Edgbaston on Tuesday, to make their mark on a disappointing tour.
Although England won the one-day series in the Caribbean earlier this year, Gayle insists they struggle to adapt to the frenetic demands of limited-overs cricket, whereas the Windies stroke-makers are at completely at home in the one-day game.
"On any given day, when England turn up, they can demolish any team," he said. "But at times, they can have a bit of a downfall in ODI cricket. It's not their strength.
"After losing the Test series, we'd love to get off to a flier on Sunday and release some pressure. we're looking to gain that momentum, building up to the Twenty20 World Cup."
Gayle has fond memories of limited-overs campaigns in this country, having been part of the squad who became shock winners of the 2004 Champions Trophy - beating England in a thrilling final at The Oval - and taking over the captaincy two years ago when the West Indies came from behind to beat their hosts in the one-day Series.
"It was brilliant at the Champions Trophy in 2004. We're a good one-day team and we think we can beat any team we come across," he said.
Thursday's false start was something everyone could have done without and Gayle is impatient to finally get on with things.
"It was a headache waiting around at Headingley. But there will be sunshine tomorrow, and we are really looking forward to it," he said.
"Sitting around (in Leeds) was not what we wanted, and we are ready to get back to playing cricket."