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Sammy backs Gayle to find form

11 December 2012 03:36

West Indies captain Darren Sammy has backed star batsman Chris Gayle to return to form ahead of his Big Bash stint with Sydney Thunder.

Gayle failed to fire on the Windies' tour of Bangladesh with just 166 runs in 10 innings across all formats of the game over the past month.

The talismanic opener is due to touch down in Sydney later this week ahead of the Thunder's first home game against Melbourne Renegades at ANZ Stadium on Friday.

"They managed to keep Gayle quiet throughout the series, something that not many teams have done in his career," Sammy said of Bangladesh.

"They executed well against him.

"Every player goes out there to do their best. I know because I try and it doesn't happen all the time.

"It is up to the individual to go back and think about his game. Chris will come back as he is a world-class player."

But Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal said Gayle, who was bowled out for six in Monday's lone Twenty20 clash between the two sides, had been broken down by the hosts.

"What I learnt from watching Gayle in the series was that pressure can make an honest man of anyone," he said.

West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels, on the other hand, was outstanding in Bangladesh with 532 runs across all formats.

Samuels, who guided the West Indies to victory in the T20 fixture with an unbeaten 85 off 43 balls, will link up with the Renegades in the Big Bash League.

"We have guys who can be match-winners for us every day," Sammy added.

"It is good to see Marlon do well after two years out of international cricket. He has been brilliant for us."

Three more West Indians are headed to Australia for the T20 tournament, with Kemar Roach set to represent Brisbane Heat, while Kevin Pollard has signed with Adelaide Strikers and Sunil Narine with Sydney Sixers.

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