Arthur wary of 'Gayle-force panic' during T20 WC semifinal showdown

Colombo, Oct 4(ANI): Australia coach Mickey Arthur has said they would be making special plans to keep in check explosive West Indies batsman Chris Gayle during their Twenty20 World Cup semifinal clash on Friday.

Arthur said he has bowlers in his team who could stop Gayle, who can win Windies matches on his own, from scoring big during the crucial match.

Gayle struck 54 from 47 balls against Australia in the group stage of the tournament, when Pat Cummins missed the mark with some of his bouncers.

"He is the one guy who makes you panic a lot more because he takes you on. If he had been caught at third-man [on four in the group game], maybe it would have worked. The longer he bats, the more he becomes tougher to bowl at," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Arthur, as saying.

"We'll have a re-think and come up with something solid against him again and then it's about executing it and trying to stay one step ahead of him," he added.

"It becomes tough when you're executing under that much pressure to a guy like Chris Gayle because if you miss your area by that much, he scores, but I'm confident we have the artillery to keep that in check," he said. (ANI)


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