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West Indies opener Chris Gayle will travel to Germany to get treatment for his lower back pain in order to ensure he is fully fit by the time the national team’s Test series against New Zealand gets underway on June 8 in Jamaica.
Gayle will be looking to play in the first Test as it will be his 100th Test for the West Indies.
“It started at the end of the T20 World Cup,” Gayle told the Indian Express. “I thought initially it was a simple thing but I went back home for a couple of days.
“Then I travelled back to Dubai to play in the IPL and when I started training I found it difficult. I could not bat properly and bending was a problem and sprinting between the wickets was a problem even though you guys don’t see me running much. It was difficult but I tried my best.”
Gayle has been struggling with injuries as of late as he also recently tore his hamstring whilst playing an ODI against India last November.
However, Gayle insisted that he is eager to get healthy as soon as possible so that he can accomplish his dream of playing 100 Tests for the West Indies.
“It will mean a lot to me,” he said. “I have been serving West Indies cricket for the last 13 years and going on to 14 years now, I am actually looking forward to this milestone. I have missed out on the last couple of months because of injury. I was supposed to get past this milestone a long time back but it didn’t happen. As a cricketer these things happen and you pick injuries at crucial times.
“I still have an injury now and I am trying to get it sorted as quickly as possible so I can be fully fit for the special occasion. It is going to be played at home so it is a big occasion for me and for the people back home too. I don’t have much time but hopefully it will work out and I will be back on the field quickly.”