A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Kevin Pietersen hoping for Gayle’s return

Pietersen feels as if the whole cricketing community would benefit from Gayle’s return to international cricket

England batsman Kevin Pietersen, has announced that if West Indian opening batsman Chris Gayle were to make his international return in the second Test match at Trent Bridge, it would be “great for the game”.

Gayle, who is known as one of the best big-hitters in the international cricket scene, has not represented the West Indies in over a year, due to a heated dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

The flamboyant opening batsman has not been selected as part of the Test squad, and with him on the sidelines, the West Indies crumbled to a five wicket defeat in the first Test at Lord’s.

Gayle, who recently pulled out of his contract with Somerset, is hoping to make his comeback in the ODI and Twenty20 series against England later next month.

However, with his IPL team, the Royal Challengers Bangalore being knocked out of the competition, Gayle is hoping to be part of the squad for the second Test match.

Without Gayle in the batting lineup, the West Indies experienced a top order collapse in both innings against England at Lord’s.

Pietersen, who is firm friends with Gayle through their time in the IPL, said: “He’s a superstar and he is one of my real good mates in cricket. I love the way he plays. It will be brilliant for the game if he comes back to play this Test match. He is an entertainer. People want to watch entertainers. They don’t want to watch people blocking the ball.”

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