Plenty still to do, says marauding Gayle

Opening batsman Gayle dominated the Australia attack during a blistering innings of 88, off just 50 balls, which featured six sixes and six fours.

“This is only the first game, we still have a long way to go,” Gayle said after a morale-boosting win. “In Twenty20 it’s so short we tend to concentrate a bit better but there were too many fumbles in the field.”

“After a tough series against England, we wanted to put a smile back on our fans’ faces,” added Gayle.

Gayle’s blow off Brett Lee that struck the roof at the Oval was measured as a hit of 105 metres by TV technology but the batsman, who hit 26 runs in that over, played down the sho. “It’s the first time I have hit it so far but if the ball is in the slot in Twenty20, these things happen.

“You will have guys who hit it further than me as well - maybe Shahid Afridi or Virender Sehwag.”

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