Gayle set to boost Windies

12 September 2017 02:12:49 GMTPlus11
Chris Gayle is set to return to the West Indies one-day side.

West Indies face a make-or-break week in their quest to automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup - with anything less than a one-off victory over Ireland and a Royal London Series hammering of England not good enough.

The Windies must be victorious against the Irish in Belfast on Wednesday and then complete a 5-0 or 4-1 win over Eoin Morgan's men to overtake Sri Lanka in the standings. West Indies are 1.28 to beat Ireland and 101.00 to triumph in the first ODI against England.

Jason Holder's team are currently ninth in the rankings and only the top seven international sides plus hosts England qualify.

There is one other caveat ahead of the 30th September cut-off date -  they cannot afford to lose any match against England after the opening one at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, Holder hopes the experience gained in the 2-1 Test series defeat will hold his team in good stead for the end of 2017 when they travel to New Zealand.

"Hopefully we will learn from this. We have New Zealand at the end of the year and conditions will probably be similar and there will be similar types of bowlers too, so it should be a good chance for us to take what we have learned here forward," he said.

West Indies are boosted by the return of Chris Gayle to their one-day international squad following a two-year absence, as well as that of Marlon Samuels.

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