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Gayle to team: believe in yourselves

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Jun 18, 2010 at 10:29am IST

Basseterre, St Kitts: West Indies skipper Chris Gayle, while admitting that the hosts will go in to the second Test as underdogs, has refused to accept defeat in the series and asked his players to believe in themselves.

South Africa won the opening Test at Warner Park inside four days and a win in the second Test will not only give them a series win in the three-Test series, but also push them to the top of the ICC Test team rankings.

"We are looking forward to the Test, where we know we have to look for a victory and stay in the series," Gayle was quoted as saying by Sky News.

Gayle to team: believe in yourselves

Gayle admitted the hosts were going into the second Test as underdogs, but has refused to accept defeat.

"As I said before the start of the series, it won't be easy for us. The South Africans are an experienced team, and they are playing well at the moment. But we have to believe in ourselves and play good, hard cricket."

Gayle said it was poor batting in the first innings of the first Test that cost "us the game very quickly".

"We are in the rebuilding process, and we asked a couple of batsmen to bat at positions they are not accustomed to, but it is something in cricket and, as batsmen, whenever you get a chance, you have to make the best use of it," he added.

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