Hampshire’s Chris Wood relishes chance to run into Gayle

Fidel Edwards. Picture: Neil Marshall
Fidel Edwards. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Hampshire’s bowlers will face the unenviable task of attempting to harness the unstoppable Gayle Force tonight.

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle will be in the Somerset ranks for Hampshire’s trip to Taunton in the Natwest T20 Blast.

And the Jamaican is fresh from an extraordinary 151 not out – from just 62 balls – last weekend.

Gayle hammered 15 sixes and 10 fours but was still on the losing side as Kent sealed victory by three runs.

But Hampshire’s Chris Wood admits he is relishing the challenge of playing against one of world cricket’s genuine superstars.

Wood said: ‘You’ve got to look forward to it.

‘If you don’t, I think you would be a bit worried.

‘You always want to play against the best players in the world and at the moment, he is dominating world t20 cricket.

‘It will be awesome to play against him.

‘And it would be nice to see how he does bat – as long as we end up winning the game.

‘Firstly, it will just be brilliant to play against him and secondly, we’ve got to find a way of getting him out.

‘He’s obviously in some serious form but hopefully he isn’t tonight.

‘So I’m just going to run up, bowl and hope for the best!’

Gayle, meanwhile, is keen to face his West Indies team-mate Fidel Edwards and revealed the battle has already started on social media.

‘It’s started on Twitter already – a bit of banter is going on,’ said Gayle.

‘Darren Sammy is pulling (Fidel’s) leg and he’s getting upset – so he’s looking forward to tonight.

‘It’s good for the game that you can play against your different team-mates all around the world.

‘And when you play 
against a team-mate, you want to go one up on them, so when you go back home you have something to boast about.’