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Gayle hopes T20 triumph inspires Windies

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Nov 11, 2012 at 02:07pm IST

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Dhaka: Talismanic West Indies opener Chris Gayle hopes the regional side can use their World Twenty20 success to inspire their form in the game's longest form. West Indies face Bangladesh in a two-Test series starting Tuesday in Mirpur and Gayle says the confidence from their triumph in Sri Lanka last month could go a long way in a revival of their Test fortunes, reports CMC.

"It felt good to be part of a World champion team and to achieve that particular milestone," Gayle told reporters here Saturday. "It is something that I can look back in the future and say I was a part of it. Hopefully, we can build on that success and do better in the longer format of the game. "This has been our major challenge in the last few years. Hopefully, we can get things kick-started and make sure we do better in this Test series and the longer format of the game."

West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has given a strong endorsement of Darren Sammy's captaincy, and says he expects him to continue to improve in the leadership role. Sammy replaced Gayle as the West Indies captain in October 2010, a move by selectors that sparked widespread criticism and rigorous debate among pundits, reports CMC. Gayle, who recently returned to the side after a 14-month exile, said Sammy had performed well in what had been a difficult role.

Gayle hopes T20 triumph inspires Windies Test form

Gayle hopes the regional side can use their World T20 success to inspire their form in the game's longest form.

"He has bonded himself with the team for the last two years he has been captain," Gayle told media here Saturday. "He's played a particular role in the last two years. It's not an easy role being captain and we as senior players have to try and make his job as easy as possible. He has done well and in the last couple years (earlier this year) he has actually gotten a Test century which has been a big improvement from his personal point of view."

He added: "(He's been) doing well with the ball as well so as time goes on, he'll actually progress and get to learn more and in the future be a better captain." Sammy has led a West Indies revival since his time in charge, leading the side to the Twenty20 World Cup triumph in Sri Lanka last month and to a comprehensive win in all formats when New Zealand toured the Caribbean during the summer. Last year, the side reached the quarter-finals of the 50-over World Cup and also managed to hold Pakistan to a 1-1 draw in a two-Test series.

Gayle missed the Windies trip to Bangladesh last year when the Caribbean side won the two-Test series 1-0, before taking the three-match one-day series 2-1. They went down in the one-off Twenty20 International. Since then, West Indies have been strengthened by Gayle's return and the inclusion of star off-spinner Sunil Narine, along with the impressive form of Marlon Samuels and veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul.

The Windies will carry the favourite tags heading into the series but Gayle said they would not be taking Bangladesh for granted. "The players are just trying to fine-tune things now. We've had a camp and I've been hitting the ball pretty well, so we just want to get back into the middle and get back into the groove as quickly as possible," Gayle noted. "We are not going to take them lightly. They have got a lot of key players and they have a captain who leads from the front, so we are going to play like they were any other opponent."

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