West Indies beats England in one-off T20 by 21 runs
Sep 17 2017 by Marjorie Miles
"I can see both sides of it, of course guys want to see him play", he said.
Numerous 13,000 flocking to Emirates Riverside will have been eagerly anticipating witnessing Stokes' renewing T20 hostilities with the man who clubbed him for four huge sixes to win the final in Kolkata last April but he has instead been handed a controversial, but well-earned, breather.
Jason Roy is expected to open for England, pushing his case for a return to the 50-over side for the first time since being dropped in the Champions Trophy.
In response Alex Hales struck a blistering 43 as England started strongly but the hosts fell to 68-4 and were all out for 155.
The sold-out T20 is the first global to be staged at Chester-le-Street since Durham lost the right to host Tests as part of their punishment by the England & Wales Cricket Board for financial problems.
Jos Buttler  and Jonny Bairstow  showed some resistance but Braithwaite and Sunil Narine came to the fore at the death as the West Indies claimed their 11th win in 15 matches with England, and fourth in a row.
They required 26 from the final over but Liam Plunkett was bowled by Carlos Brathwaite with three balls remaining.
West Indies got off to a flyer with Gayle and Lewis before England looked to have pegged them back and at the halfway stage England would have been the happier of the two teams requiring 177 in the run chase to win.
It was the highlight of a West Indies career which has yielded just three Test and 23 one-day worldwide appearances for Brathwaite to date.
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West Indies got off to a quick-fire start and were 106-1 midway through their innings before Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid took three wickets apiece to restrict the tourists to 176-9.
The 37-year-old Gayle, in common with several senior West Indies players, had been involved in a bitter dispute with Caribbean cricket chiefs.
He goes into the opening game at Old Trafford in good form having made 40 from 21 deliveries in their 20-over win over Eoin Morgan's side at Durham on Saturday, having become the first man to hit 100 T20i sixes in the process, and Gayle's desire for more landmark moments could prompt a Test return.
But July saw him return to West Indies duty in a Twenty20 global against India in Kingston.
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle secured a slice of history on Saturday in becoming the first man to smash 100 sixes in global Twenty20 cricket.
That match saw fellow left-hander Lewis manage the impressive feat of out-hitting Gayle on his way to a stunning and unbeaten 125.
The Trinidadian, however, was out soon afterwards when he drove Plunkett straight to England Test skipper Root at mid-off.
England will look for swift revenge when they face Windies in the first of five one-day internationals at Old Trafford on Tuesday, with Gayle set to play his first 50-over global since March 2015.