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Opener Chris Gayle has been ruled out of the remainder of the West Indies’ tour of India and the subsequent three Tests against New Zealand due to a hamstring injury.

West Indies team physiotherapist C.J. Clark confirmed that Gayle tore his hamstring during the first One-day International on Thursday at the Nehru Stadium in the Indian south-western city of Kochi.

“Chris will need three to four weeks to recover from this injury, and he is returning to the Caribbean for injury management and subsequent physical rehabilitation,” said Clark.

No player will replace Gayle in the 15-member squad for the last two ODIs in India, but the Selection Panel of the West Indies Cricket Board has identified Kraigg Brathwaite to take his place for the Tests in New Zealand next month.

The 20-year-old Brathwaite previously played nine Tests between his debut in May 2011 and the final Test of the home series against Australia in April last year.

He has scored 363 runs at an average of 21.35, but is highly regarded due to his sound temperament.

Brathwaite was the most successful batsman on the recent West Indies A-Team trip to India, where he scored 334 runs from six innings at an average of 66.80. It included an undefeated 104 in the second “Test” at Shimoga.,
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