Gayle out of England ODIs

West Indies opener Chris Gayle will miss the ODI series against England with a back problem.

FILE: West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle stretches during a practice session in Dhaka. Picture: AFP

LONDON - West Indies opener Chris Gayle will miss the one-day international series against England with a back problem, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said on Saturday.

Dwayne Smith has been called up as replacement for the three ODIs against England in Antigua and Sunday's one-off game with Ireland at Sabina Park in Jamaica, the board said a statement.

Gayle, 34, suffered a stiff lower back after the first T20 international against Ireland on Wednesday and did not play in Friday's second game. He will have treatment in Jamaica.

The one-day series against England begins on 28 February with further matches on 2 and 5 March before three Twenty20 internationals in Barbados.