Kingston (Jamaica): Feb 19, 2014
Gayle has returned to the side since an injury in India last November while Smith has been recalled on a wave of impressive batting displays.
“This partnership’s a reality. Smith is in good form and it would be nice to have him atop your batting order,” said the Jamaican.
The prospect of Gayle and Smith opening for the West Indies is expected to be a major appeal for fans as the Caribbean side also prepares to defend their ICC World T20 title in March.
“Smith can get the pressure off you. His form is spot on and we’re all happy to have him back. It would give me room to bat a bit more freely,” said Gayle.
In the meantime, the big left-hander says he is “99 percent” fit and ready to take on Ireland when the first T20I begins at Sabina Park.
“As everyone knows, I had an injury last year but I have done my work and I’m happy to be back in the set-up. This is just my first training session back at the peak level. So I will see overnight how the body comes through and I will gradually ease back into the team after assessing his body,” he said.
“It’s good to be back again and I’m looking forward to the first game and getting that feeling back out there in the middle again. I haven’t trained this intensely for a couple months so I hope to get a kick-start and get back into the groove of things as soon as possible.”
West Indies will start the series with a T20I on Wednesday. The second match is on Friday.
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