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Gayle, Samuels return to ODI squad

Chris Gayle walks off during a rain interruption Ashley Allen - CPL T20 / Getty

Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels are set to play ODI cricket for West Indies after an absence of three and two years respectively. Gayle last played an ODI in March 2015, and Samuels in October 2016; both players were selected in West Indies' squad for the ODI series in England.

"With regards to the selection of the ODI squad, the panel welcomes back Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, who will both add value to our batting and help with the nurturing of the young batsmen in the team," chairman of selectors Courtney Browne said. "Both Sunil Narine and Darren Bravo have declined to be considered for ODIs in England. Narine has however confirmed his desire to play 50-over cricket again but has asked to play in our Regional Super50 before he is considered and Darren said he was not available for selection. Dwayne Bravo said he is still not 100% fit, but is looking at a possible return to international cricket next year."

West Indies begin the ODI leg of their tour after the second Test against England at Headlingley on August 25. They play an ODI against Ireland in Stormont on September 13, followed by five matches against England between September 19 and 29.

Squad Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Miguel Cummins, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder (capt), Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Kesrick Williams

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