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Gayle hopes the Windies can hit back when the ODI series begins on Thursday

Chris Gayle immediately looked ahead to the one-day international series with England after watching West Indies suffer a Test series defeat in Durham.

England's innings victory over the Windies at the Riverside sealed a 2-0 win as they regained the Wisden Trophy.

But with a three-match ODI series starting on Thursday, Windies captain Gayle saw room for optimism.

"It's another disappointment for us, and it's hard to offer excuses, but we can bounce back in the ODIs," he said.

"The conditions were hard - not so much the fact that the ball swung and whatever, you expect that in England, but the cold made it hard for us to take our catches and to keep our concentration with the bat.

"But we will have learned from these experiences and we can come back better for it.

"Back home (when the Windies won the five-Test series 1-0) the conditions were totally different. But even then England had us on the run a couple of times so they were always going to be tough opposition at home.

"Now I hope we can adapt and hit back. If we can get a good start in the first one-dayers at Headingley, we can certainly beat England in the ODIs."

England also host West Indies in one-day matches at Bristol and Edgbaston, with the ICC World Twenty20 to follow.

The shorter form of the game has traditionally been West Indies' stronger suit, and Gayle in particular is known to favour those forms of the game.


However, he was quick to end speculation that he is looking to quit Tests to concentrate on limited-overs cricket after quotes attributed to him before the Test series suggested he was ready to step down.

"I'm keen to carry on as a Test player and as Test captain," he told BBC Sport. "I was misquoted a bit, I think, in that I was talking about the future, not right now.

"There is no way way I'm going to drop Test cricket, right now I'm happy."

West Indies' man-of-the-series Fidel Edwards, meanwhile, also targeted the one-day series, saying: "For the past couple of months we've been playing on pretty flat wickets, so to get here on seaming wickets was a change for us.

"Over here is cold, different conditions, and it has been hard to adapt. But we'll get there, I hope, and we hope to push on in the one-day series.

"We've been playing better in the one-day format than Test matches recently, so hopefully we can bounce back."

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