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Gayle returns to Windies squad for England ODIs

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recalled veteran batsman on Thursday for the first two one-day internationals against England in preparation for this year's

The hard-hitting, 39-year-old Gayle last played for during a home series against last July, and could renew an explosive opening partnership alongside

and Gayle both missed the recent ODI series in and but have been included as part of a 14-man squad that saw left-handed batsman called up for the first time.

and England will contest five one-dayers following the conclusion of the Test series, in which the hosts hold an unassailable 2-0 lead ahead of the finale in St Lucia on Saturday.

"As we continue our preparations, the upcoming series against the top ranked ODI side is a great opportunity for us to gauge where we are as a team," said West of selectors

"This allows us to identify any areas that need addressing relating to selection and also helps the coaching staff to fine tune their game strategy."

Gayle holds the West Indian record for most ODI hundreds with 23, and is their second-leading runscorer in the 50-over format with 9,727 runs -- trailing only (10,405).

His 215 against in also represents the highest limited-overs score by a West Indies batsman.

"We welcome the return of who missed the last two series and from We are pleased to introduce to the ODI for the first time," said Browne.

"He is clearly a with undoubted talent and we believe he can add value to our middle order."

Browne said fast bowler would be considered for later in the series, although experienced batsman is unavailable due to a

Squad: (captain), Fabian Allen, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas

Fixtures: 1st ODI - February 20, 2nd ODI - February 22, 3rd ODI - February 25, St George's 4th ODI - February 27, St George's 5th ODI - March 2,

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 19:10 IST