Amid all the furore when Chris Gayle said he wouldn’t be all that sad if Test cricket died, one key fact slipped into the background: Chris Gayle is phenomenally good at this form of the game. Why wouldn’t he prefer it?
Gayle is an exceptional Twenty20 batsman. Arguably the best of the lot. If you’re the best at something, generally speaking, you’re going to like it.
It was only last night that England were humiliated by the Netherlands. Today, all that was forgotten in the warm euphoria of watching Chris Gayle hit Brett Lee a long, long way out of The Oval; so far you needed to pan out three times on Google Maps to have half a chance of seeing where the ball landed.
Gayle hit three towering sixes off one Lee over and the very best part is what he did immediately after each one: absolutely sod all. He just stood there blank-faced as if he’d just let one through to the keeper. Business as usual.