Melbourne - West Indian Chris Gayle
insisted on Tuesday he has not turned his back on Test cricket and wants to
pull on the whites again for his troubled national team.
The flamboyant Gayle has been portrayed in
the media as preferring to take the money and play for Twenty20 franchises than
help rescue Caribbean cricket from its current malaise.
But the ex-Windies captain insisted it was
injury that sidelined him from the current series against Australia, who won
the first Test in Hobart by an innings inside three days on Saturday.
Gayle, who has played 103 Tests, had back
surgery earlier this year.
Despite this, the 36-year-old expects to be
fit enough to play every Big Bash League game for the Melbourne Renegades this
season and was adamant he wanted to play Tests again.
"There's no way I could have actually
been part of that Test team (in Hobart), I'm just coming back off injury,"
"I haven't retired from the game. Next
year hopefully Test cricket is on the agenda."
Gayle's comments came as criticism mounted
about the tourists' inept performance in Hobart with pace great Michael Holding
telling Fairfax Media the West Indies Cricket Board was "dysfunctional,
untrustworthy and not liked by the employees".
Gayle was reluctant to criticise the board,
and defended his younger Test team-mates.
"It's a young team, so we have to
definitely give it time rather than be so harsh on West Indies cricket all the
time," he said.
"You have to give us time ... it won't