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Gayle likely starter for Cricket World Cup quarter-final

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2015 | 3:00 AM
In this Friday March 6, 2015 file photo, West Indies batsman Chris Gayle plays a shot during their Cricket World Cup Pool B match against India in Perth, Australia.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP):

West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has undergone scans on his injured back and should be ready to play in the team's World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand on Saturday, all-rounder Darren Sammy said yesterday.

Gayle missed the West Indies' final pool match against the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, but Sammy said he believes Gayle will take his place in the line-up for the quarter-final. The injured batsman has received a cortisone injection to help with the pain.

"Chris is not missing this quarter-final for anybody," Sammy said. "He is more pumped up than we are. He's been writing down the path for us and the different scenarios."

Two-time champions West Indies will start as considerable underdogs in Saturday's match (tomorrow night Jamaica time). New Zealand were unbeaten in pool play, while the West Indies had to win their final match and lift their net run rate to scrape into the knockout rounds with a 3-3 record.