Holder coy over Gayle fitness
West Indies captain Jason Holder remained coy on whether injured star batsman Chris Gayle will play in Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal against undefeated New Zealand.
Gayle trained for the first time this week on Friday morning, batting in the nets two days after receiving an injection in his lower back.
The injury forced him out of the West Indies' six-wicket win over the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, when they squeezed into the final eight despite their erratic form in pool games.
Holder said Gayle would face a late fitness test for Saturday's final eight clash in Wellington, the winner of which will face a rampant South Africa in the semifinals.
"He's had an injection and a scan. The scan didn't show anything major, so we'll just see how he pulls up today and make a decision tomorrow morning," the skipper said.
Gayle, 35, scored the only double century in World Cup history with 215 against Zimbabwe in Canberra and is seen as crucial to the West Indies' chances of progressing into the last four.
But Holder insisted his team could win even without Gayle, pointing to the impressive 55 scored by Johnson Charles when he stepped in against the UAE.
"Obviously, (Gayle) has been a very good player for us over the years but we've shown we've got people to fit the bill," he said.
"Johnson came in the last game and got a half-century and looked the part. So we've got people to fill his boots but obviously having Chris there is a plus for us."
Gayle smashed a small section of the fence at the Basin Reserve, where the West Indies trained Friday, with a typically powerful blow and afterwards told a New Zealand television crew: "I'm hitting it sweet, man."