9 Mar 2009

Gayle says he will bat despite torn hamstring

6:48 pm on 9 March 2009

He may need strapping, painkillers and a runner but West Indies captain Chris Gayle says he will bat again in the fifth and final cricket test against England in Trinidad despite tearing a hamstring muscle.

Gayle pulled up as he scampered through for a single that brought up his 10th test century and had to be helped off the field.

The West Indies recovered from losing Gayle to reach 349 for four at stumps avoiding the follow-on although they still trail England's first innings 546 by 197 runs.

Leading 1-nil, a draw would be enough to secure Gayle his team's first series win over England since 1998 and their first win in any series for five years.