West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has ruled himself out of the home test series against England next month in order to allow a back injury to settle down but he has ruled out retiring from internationals.
New Zealand match-winners Martin Guptill and Trent Boult downplayed the ease with which they rolled the West Indies on Saturday as they switched attention to their World Cup semi-final against South Africa.
Martin Guptill on Saturday bludgeoned his way to the record books with the highest individual World Cup knock as New Zealand rode on the opener's swashbuckling unbeaten 237 to crush West Indies by 143 runs and sail into the semifinals of the mega event here.
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum said on Friday that his team will be playing the same attacking brand of cricket they have played throughout when they meet the West Indies in the fourth World Cup quarter-final at the Wellington Regional Stadium here on Saturday.
West Indies bowling coach Curtly Ambrose says he is confident that flamboyant opener Chris Gayle will turn out for the regional side when it faces New Zealand in the fourth and final quarter-final of the cricket World Cup at the Westpac Stadium here on Saturday.
Opening batsman Johnson Charles says there is a growing sense of self-belief in the West Indies dressing room as the regional side trains its sight on the big quarter-final against joint hosts New Zealand.
New Zealand will stick with their crash, bang, wallop brand of cricket in Saturday`s World Cup quarter-final against West Indies because it gives them the best chance of winning, captain Brendon McCullum said on Friday.