Gayle wary of England's point to prove
West Indies captain Chris Gayle expects England to turn up with “blood in their eyes” as Paul Collingwood’s team scent revenge at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.
Gayle’s side knocked England out of their own ICC World Twenty20 at the Brit Oval less than a year ago and the tourists have a chance to do their hosts some damage in Group D tomorrow.
Gayle - who is hoping to be fit as long as there is no recurrence of pain in a buttock strain - has little doubt the opposition will have a point to prove, as well as points to score to try to make sure they progress to the Super Eight stage.
But he warns the Windies will be ready, and determined to put another one over on a team they have beaten three times in four Twenty20 meetings.
The presence of Ottis Gibson as coach - after his stint as England fast bowling coach - and the large number of West Indies supporters resident in the UK is further reason for Gayle to keep his eye on the ball.
“We have a lot of people supporting us in England, so we always want to give them something to smile about - and that encourages us to get job done,” said Gayle.
“But it is two good teams and it should be a good match,” he added.
“I’m sure they come out here with blood in their eyes and want to beat us, so we have to make sure they don’t get one up on us.”
West Indies are likely to be minus beanpole spinner Sulieman Benn because of a shoulder injury, but already have one foot in the next stage of the tournament after their landslide opening victory over Ireland.
As for Gibson, Gayle reports he is already faring well in his new job.
“He has done reasonably well so far,” said Gayle. “He makes a few points here and there, and things have been working so far.
“He is up against England and he will definitely want to beat them and laugh at them later.
“His input will count. It will benefit the team and it will be a vital for us to know their players - and because he has been a part of it, he will help. We have to take that out into the middle.”