Chris Gayle (above) will be replaced by Dwayne Smith in the series against England © Getty Images


London: Feb 23, 2014


Explosive West Indies opener Chris Gayle has reportedly been ruled out of the three-match ODI series against England because of stiffness in his lower back.


The former captain, who has scored 8,743 ODI runs in 255 matches, will be replaced by his teammate Dwayne Smith in the series, which also includes three Twenty20 internationals.


According to the BBC, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said in a statement that Gayle had precautionary scans and will have medical management and treatment in Jamaica in order to prove his fitness for the ICC World Twenty20, which begins in Bangladesh on March 16.


The report mentioned that the left-handed Gayle has scored 999 runs in 26 ODIs against England, with a best of 132 not out at Lord’s in 2004, as compared to Smith, who has not played an ODI since December 2012.