Chris Gayle seeks treatment ahead of NZ series
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle says he will seek treatment in Germany for a back problem to ensure he is fit for his 100th cricket test, against New Zealand in Kingston on June 9.
Gayle has been named in a 15-strong West Indies squad to prepare for the three-test series, which starts on his home ground, Sabina Park.
The opener suffered the injury after the world Twenty20 series in March and missed a few games for the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the start of the Indian Premier League.
"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," he told the Indian Express.
Gayle, 34, has 6933 test runs at an average of 42, including 15 centuries.
He has not played a test since November against India.
He was set to play his 100th against New Zealand in Dunedin, but was ruled out of the tour with a hamstring injury suffered in a one-day international against India.
"It will mean a lot to me," Gayle said of his 100th test.
"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."
Gayle is one of several players assembling for the pre-test camp who were not on the tour of New Zealand.
Towering left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn is back in favour, while pace bowlers Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor are back after injuries.
All-rounder Dwayne Bravo also appears close to a test comeback after Darren Sammy was axed as captain in favour of wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.
West Indies training squad: Denesh Ramdin (c), Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Shane Shillingford, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.