Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Gayle's Attitude Is Disappointing. I Am Not a Fan'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Gayle's Attitude Is Disappointing. I Am Not a Fan'

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Byline: Phil Blanche

FORMER Australia batsman Chris Rogers admits he is "not a fan" of Chris Gayle after criticising him for his pitchside comments to journalist Mel McLaughlin. Gayle caused a storm when questioned by Channel 10 reporter McLaughlin after being dismissed playing for Melbourne Renegades in Australia's Big Bash League, the West Indies batsman suggesting in the live television interview they should go out at the end of the match.

"I wanted to see your eyes for the first time, hopefully we can win this game and then we can have a drink after as well," he said.

Gayle then added to McLaughlin: "Don't blush, baby."

The 36-year-old was roundly condemned for his comments and fined $10,000 by the Renegades despite later apologising to McLaughlin.

Rogers, a former team-mate of Gayle's at Sydney Thunder, waded into the row by saying he had been disappointed with the batsman's attitude in the past and claimed the latest comments were proof of a "pattern of behaviour".

Those remarks will be met with interest by English county Somerset as Rogers and Gayle could be united again at Taunton next summer. Rogers, who retired from Test cricket after last summer's Ashes series, is joining Somerset for the 2016 season, while Gayle could return for another spell at the county for the NatWest T20 Blast competition.

"It's difficult because he could be at Somerset with me next season," Rogers told ABC Radio in Sydney.

"But I wouldn't have liked to be on air, I wouldn't have laughed. From my time at the Thunder I was very disappointed with his attitude and his behaviour, and I've not been a fan since.

"People see these one-offs, but this is a pattern of behaviour. If you know the guy, you see it over and over. To defend it, I think, is not right at all.

"I listen to that and I dont think it's funny at all - he says it's just a joke, well it's not just a joke, is it? BBL boss Anthony Everard described Gayle's remarks as "disrespectful and simply inappropriate", while McLaughin was reported to be "angry and upset" over the incident.

Gayle insists he was joking, though, and has offered a full apology to McLaughlin. …

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