The attacking left-hander was not considered for selection for the second Test against Bangladesh earlier this month or the one-day series in India starting next week, because of a recurring back injury.

However, Gayle said rehabilitation was going well and he expected to be fully fit and available for selection soon.

"My recovery has been coming on nicely, and I expect to be fully fit and ready in time for the Test series," a Jamaican newspaper quoted Gayle as saying.

"The injury is the same one that has been affecting my back in recent times, but so far it has been coming on well. I have been able to give it some rest and as each day progresses, it keeps getting better and better,” he added.

Gayle is one of the most experienced campaigners in the West Indies unit, and is one of just two players with over 100 Tests appearances.

He has played 103 while Shivnarine Chanderpaul has played 158.

Additionally, he has accumulated 7,214 runs at an average of 42 and lies eighth in the all-time career list of West Indies run-scorers.

The West Indies are set to play Tests in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Ahmedabad starting October 30.

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