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Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis return for England ODIs
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Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis return for England ODIs

West Indies recalled veteran batsman Chris Gayle and opener Evin Lewis for the first two ODIs against England.

39-year-old Gayle last played for West Indies during a home series against Bangladesh last July.

Lewis and Gayle both missed the recent ODI series in India and Bangladesh but. The 14-player squad also saw young wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran called up for the first time.

West Indies will play five ODIs against England following the conclusion of the ongoing three-Test series. The hosts are leading the Test series 2-0, with the third and final Test scheduled to start in St Lucia on February 9.

"As we continue our Cricket World Cup preparations, the upcoming series against the top ranked ODI side is a great opportunity for us to gauge where we are as a team," said West Indies chairman of selectors Courtney Browne.

Gayle holds the West Indian record for most ODI hundreds with 23, and is their second-leading runscorer in the 50-over format with 9,727 runs. He is only second to Brian Lara who had accumulated 10,405 runs in his illustrious career.

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"We welcome the return of Chris Gayle who missed the last two series and Ashley Nurse from injury. We are pleased to introduce Nicholas Pooran to the ODI cricket for the first time," said Browne.

Browne added that Shannon Gabriel would be tested in the later part of the series while Marlon Samuels in unavailable due to an injury.

West Indies squad for first two England ODIs

Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas

West Indies vs England ODI Fixtures

West Indies vs England - 1st ODI - February 20, Bridgetown

West Indies vs England - 2nd ODI - February 22, Bridgetown

West Indies vs England - 3rd ODI - February 25, St George's

West Indies vs England - 4th ODI - February 27, St George's

West Indies vs England - 5th ODI - March 2, Gros Islet