The explosive opener arrived in Australia to play in the domestic Twenty20 Big Bash League a few days after the struggling West Indies team were beaten by an innings and 212 runs in the first Test in Hobart.
That Gayle and other leading West Indies players such as Dwayne Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Andre Russell and Samuel Badree are playing Twenty20 while West Indies' Test reputation is taking such a battering is a matter of some controversy Down Under.
Gayle, who scored the last of his 7,214 Test runs for West Indies against Bangladesh in September 2014 said his recent back injury meant it was too early for him to be playing the
longest form of the game.
"There's no way I could have actually been part of that Test team, I'm just coming back from injury," the 36-year-old, who made his comeback from injury in Bangladesh's Twenty20 league, told reporters in Melbourne.

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