Chris Gayle to retire from ODIs after 2019 Cricket World Cup

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Asked if he was confident of marking his ODI swan song as a World Cup victor, Gayle added: "Absolutely, the youngsters owe it to me".

"If that is what Moeen believes, he must see something in me", said Rashid, who rejoined the squad last week and tuned up for Wednesday's ODI series opener against West Indies here in Bridgetown with two wickets in England's sole warm-up fixture.

"I'll set the trend for you like I did in all tournaments around the world".

'I'm definitely looking to draw the line under 50-over cricket after the World Cup, ' said the biggest superstar of the modern franchise game. They are saying 'he's got a few grey hairs in his beard, let's get him.' But my body feels good. So I think my role is that same as I've been doing for the past three or four years. I've lost a bit of weight but I'm still working on my six pack. I'm trying to keep up with the youngsters in the field who are like cats the way they chase the ball. In 2004, he had helped Windies win the Champions Trophy in addition to helping them lift the World T20 title twice.

'I guess England should invite me over. The 39-year-old also insisted he has unfinished business as a player beyond that - namely offering the ECB's much-maligned 100-ball... Gayle has played 284 games to Lara's 299, and scored 9727 runs to Lara's 10,405. His glittering resume includes 49 fifties and 23 centuries at a strike rate of 85.52. Last year, he had helped Windies make it to the World Cup by playing in the qualifiers. He scored 215 runs in 147 balls against Zimbabwe in an ODI in 2015.

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Gayle is among the highest run-scorers in ODI cricket among non-Asians.

Gayle hopes his fifth World Cup appearance will be the ideal ending to a stellar ODI career.

The current [3.45] favourites to claim World Cup glory on home soil this summer recall David Willey to the side after missing out on the weather-affected tour of Sri Lanka towards the end of 2018 while Sam Curran, Liam Dawson and Olly Stone have been left out. The youngsters owe it to me to win. It's exciting for me, I can put my game plans into place, use my variations and being clever with what you bowl.

And, in his own inimitable style, the self-styled "Universe Boss" looked forward to the series while telling England they will not have a new tournament unless they recruited him to sprinkle stardust on it.

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