Chris Gayle to retire from ODIs after World Cup 2019

Joe Root followed up his Test ton with 114 at Cave Hill

Chris Gayle, a big-hitting West Indies opener, announced on Sunday that he will retire from one-day worldwide cricket after World Cup 2019.

With 9,727 ODI runs to his name since making his debut in 1999 Chris Gayle will be looking to stake his claim for a final World Cup appearance and is now 2/1 to be top run scorer over the series as he looks to bow out on a high despite questions regarding the 39-year old's ability to get through 50 overs.

The game is the first of a five-match series in preparation for the World Cup, which starts on May 30.

Moeen Ali is confident England can win this summer's World Cup and secure the squad's legacy as the country's best one-day side. "I'm looking to draw the line after the World Cup". Definitely, in 50-over cricket, the World Cup is the end for me.

Rashid may have to bowl at Chris Gayle during the series against Windies. "The body is feeling good and I´m pleased with that", he added.

'I feel like I belong, people might think I don't because they think I'm not a proper spinner but when you go past some of the greats, for me, I think: "Maybe I am a good spinner". I'll be bringing some experience to play and sharing that with the youngsters and I hope to enjoy the next couple of months with the West Indies cricket team.

"I guess England should invite me over".

As for England, in their last ODI tour of Sri Lanka back in October, it was a case of the usual suspects in the runs and Eoin Morgan can be backed at 11/2 to score the most again this time around with Joe Root as short as 5/2.

In his illustrious ODI career, Gayle has so far scored 9,727 runs in 284 matches with the help of 23 tons. Windies, on the other hand, will open their campaign against Pakistan on May 31. He scored 215 runs in 147 balls against Zimbabwe in an ODI in 2015. While Brian Lara hit 10,405 runs in ODI.

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

The Cricket World Cup, the Ashes and the Women's Ashes, plus the Vitality Blast, all live on Sky Sports Cricket this summer! The youngsters owe it to me to win. "It's a lot to look forward to, very exciting times especially leading up to the World Cup so I'm sure the guys are ready and raring to go".

"I get in the right mindset, look to work on my tricks and work on my deliveries so I can give it my best shot".

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