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England fail to capitalise on Gayle anguish

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  • West Indies skipper Chris Gayle retires with hamstring problem in fifth Test
  • Gayle was 100 not out as his side chased England's 546 for six declared
  • West Indies ended third day on 349 for four as they bid to clinch the series
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(CNN) -- Skipper Chris Gayle hit a century and then retired hurt with hamstring trouble as the West Indies frustrated England's bid to level the Test series in Trinidad.

Skipper Chris Gayle was forced to retire with hamstring trouble having hit 100 not out against England.

Skipper Chris Gayle was forced to retire with hamstring trouble having hit 100 not out against England.

Gayle was hurt running the single that brought up his 10th Test hundred -- and his exit left his side in a potentially perilous position on the third day.

West Indies were 195 for three at the time, still 152 runs adrift of avoiding the follow-on. But they eased to 349 for four by the close thanks to an unbroken 145-run stand between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Brendan Nash.

Now Gayle wants his team to bat until tea on Monday in reply to England's 546 for six declared in the fifth and final Test.

Nash hit an unbeaten 70 and Chanderpaul added 52 not out with West Indies needing only a draw to win the series, but Gayle says he wants to win the match as well.

"There's a lot of time in this cricket match, we still have two days to go," he told Sky Sports. "If we can bat until tea we can get a lead and England will definitely be under pressure."

Gayle reckons he could return later in the match. "It was just one of those things," he said. "Hopefully I can get well soon and get back in the game."

England's hopes were high after two breakthroughs in the opening hour but it was a case of missed opportunities on another friendly batting surface.

Recalled left-arm spinner Monty Panesar was the pick of the five-man attack and might have had a handful of wickets on another day.

Gayle's misfortune was a boost for England while Lendl Simmons' error of judgment on 24 handed Panesar a second victim on his Test return.

Simmons, making his Test bow on his home ground, pressed forward and was struck on the pad in line with middle stump to increase England's hopes of gaining a sizeable advantage.

Earlier, debutant Amjad Khan claimed the prize scalp of Ramnaresh Sarwan as his maiden international wicket, lbw in his first over of the third day. Sarwan, whose previous lowest score of the campaign was 94, departed for 14.

Earlier Stuart Broad had nightwatchman Daren Powell caught by Kevin Pietersen for a duck while erratic England helped West Indies cause by lifting their tally of extras to 61 for the innings.

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