22 Nov 2009

Windies set to replace Chris Gayle

5:51 am on 22 November 2009

The West Indies are poised to call in a replacement for captain Chris Gayle after enjoying their first positive day on their problematic Australian cricket tour.

The Windies, who resolutely staved off an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Queensland yesterday, are giving Gayle until tomorrow to make a rushed return from Jamaica where he's visiting his ill mother.

While the chances are diminishing, the explosive opener hasn't given up hope of playing in the first Test, starting on Thursday at the Gabba.

Former captains Shivnarine Chanderpaul (69) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (66) combined for a crucial 131-run fifth wicket stand to ultimately claim a draw against Queensland.