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Chris Gayle ruled out of Windies squad for ODI series against New Zealand

Chris Gayle has been sidelined since last month

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West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has been ruled out of the limited over series against New Zealand with a hamstring injury.

Gayle had already been forced to miss the ongoing Test series after suffering a torn hamstring in the opening one-day international against India last month.

Selectors hoped he would recover in time for the ODI series with the Black Caps, starting on December 26, but he will not be risked.

Fellow opener Kirk Edwards has filled the void left by Gayle in the Test side and could replace him in the shorter format.

The absence of Gayle is another blow for the Windies, who are also without all-rounder Kieron Pollard due to a knee problem.

Nine of the players in the Test side will stay on for the one-day series, with the remaining six players arriving in New Zealand from a week-long training camp next week.

West Indies squad: Dwayne Bravo (captain), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Narsingh Deonarine, Kirk Edwards, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons.