Chris Gayle to retire from ODIs after 2019 Cricket World Cup

Chris Gayle to retire from ODIs after 2019 Cricket World Cup

Chris Gayle to retire from ODIs after 2019 Cricket World Cup

Joe Root finessed 102 from 97 balls before falling with one required and, after Eoin Morgan's 65 and an unbeaten 20 from Ben Stokes, was central to this six-wicket win.

Cook, who retired from worldwide cricket last summer, also dismissed the suggestion that playing at home could put more pressure on Morgan's in-form side.

On his was to a knock of 135 from 129 balls, Gayle surpassed Afridi's record of most sixes in worldwide cricket and now stands alone at the top with 488 sixes, 12 ahead of the former Pakistan captain.

But they were made to pay for a slow start while Gayle cranked up his creaking 39-year-old body as Jason Roy atoned for dropping him before he had barely got going with an even quicker century of his own.

Three-time finalists England produced a dismal performance in Australia and New Zealand four years ago, failing to beat a fellow Test-playing nation and exiting at the group stage.

Left-handed opener Gayle is in the squad to play England in the five-match ODI series which begins in Barbados on Wednesday. "The Trophy Tour will offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for cricket fans to see the trophy for themselves and we are very excited for its arrival in Nottingham".

Cook also dismissed suggestions of England being under extra pressure to deliver by hosting the tournament.

"I think the advantage you have at home is that clearly you know the conditions better than the other teams and, as the tournament is such a long tournament, players will be able to get home", he told Omnisport.

"I think they are a feared team throughout the world, especially the batting line-up".

But Swann warned that England would face several tough opponents in their quest for World Cup glory.

A host of current and former players were in attendance as Nelson's Column in London was transformed into a giant set of wickets to mark 100 days to go until the start of the Cricket World Cup.

He said, "Chris Gayle on the go, any day, would be one of the greatest sights in world cricket and blasting the bowling all over the place - he is really a class act". They are one of the few teams that could have hunted down the highest total in the Caribbean without breaking a sweat.

"It still is the pinnacle, but over the past few years the European Central Bank and Andrew Strauss decided not to overlook one-day cricket and to give it its own importance". They've got the power, they've got the combinations, they've got the kind of mystery and the variations in the middle with the ball.

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