Central cuts off Chris Gayle rumours

JONATHAN MILLMOW
Last updated 05:00 28/12/2012

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Central Districts have put the Chris Gayle rumour to bed and also ruled out rushing back Ross Taylor for their faltering Twenty20 cricket campaign.

Three defeats in as many games, Central need an injection of quality into their ranks especially with English import Peter Trego suffering a competition ending stomach muscle injury on Boxing Day.

But Central chief executive Hugh Henderson says no-one in a Superman cape with be turning out in tomorrow's game against Northern Districts in New Plymouth, or indeed any time soon.

As for the Gayle rumour, he has heard it but says it is far fetched.

Gayle is currently playing in the Big Bash in Australia but there had been suggestions a New Plymouth businessman would cover the expenses of flying over the West Indian batsman for Central's final two games.

"It would be nice to have a guy like that coming in but ...

"From where I sit at the moment, there is no signed agreement with anyone and these things take ages."

Asked whether it was pie in the sky stuff to think Gayle will wear CD colours this summer, Henderson said "I think it is".

You would think Taylor should be playing tomorrow given Central's plight but Henderson would appear more patient than most sport's chief executives.

"We've left it with Ross," Henderson said.

"He'll be in touch. We'll definitely see him in CD colours. He won't play here (New Plymouth, tomorrow) or in Nelson (January 1 and 3). The earliest we'd see him is the 9th and 13th."

Wellington are in far better shape than Central heading into tonight's televised match against Auckland at Eden Park.

Dimitri Mascarenhas has replaced his English countryman Chris Woakes and the former generally provides some clever variations with the ball and occasionally comes off with the bat.

"Dimi will probably bat at No 6 after me," captain Grant Elliott said.

Wellington have won three of their five games and look to have the edge on an Auckland side minus Martin Guptill, Mitchell McGlenaghan, Michael Bates, Colin Munro, Bruce Martin and Chris Martin, who are on international duty.

"The key for us is getting wickets up front, we struggle there sometimes," Elliott said.

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