London: West Indies' Dwayne Bravo risked disciplinary action after criticising officials for the "game-changing" decision to give Chris Gayle out in the second one-day international against England at The Oval. Opening batsman Gayle had made 53 in just 51 balls, with five sixes and three fours, when he was given out lbw to offspinner Graeme Swann by New Zealand umpire Tony Hill here on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old left-hander immediately asked for a review of the decision. But third umpire Kumar Dharmasena of Sri Lanka, after several minutes' study, decided Hill's verdict should stand. It seemed a close call either way as to whether the ball had hit the bat or pad first but the upshot was that Gayle's dismissal sparked a collapse that saw the West Indies decline from 63 without loss to 79 for four.
Bravo, who top-scored for the tourists with 77 and shared a stand of exactly 100 with Kieron Pollard, helped get the West Indies to 238 for 9. But it never looked like being enough as a century from England captain Alastair Cook saw the hosts to an eight-wicket win with five overs to spare and an unassailable 2-0 lead in this three-match series following last weekend's 114-run success at Southampton.
Afterwards, allrounder Bravo was adamant the umpires had got it wrong in giving Gayle out. "What confused us is they used the technology, and then the decision was given," he said.
"It's okay, umpires do make mistakes -- that's accepted -- but not when they see the referral as well and realise they've made the wrong decision and then stand by it. It was a game-changing moment, and it was always difficult then to get a big total. If the decision had gone a different way, it might have been a different ball game."
"We lost our way in the middle there. Pollard and I fought our way back, but we were not in a position to have the firepower to finish off the innings."
Meanwhile Gayle was glad to be back playing international cricket for the first time in 15 months following a dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board. However, he ended this match with his foot heavily strapped after missing the Southampton fixture due to a shin injury.
"It's not too bad, it's just age catching up on Chris Gayle," he said. "I just have to monitor it. As you know, I'm struggling with basically a stress fracture," he added ahead of Friday's series finale in Leeds. It's good to be back to be honest."
Gayle, a star of the Twenty20 Indian Premier League, insisted he remained available for all three international formats.
"I'm available for all forms of the game," the former West Indies captain said. "I've picked up niggles here and there but I'll just monitor them as much as possible.
"There's a lot of cricket to be played and I'm looking forward to it, hopefully I can score some more runs in international cricket.
"I don't know what will happen (at the next IPL). We'll just wait and see what that window will bring. "Whatever happens we just have to work it out. No-one knows what will happen next year."