West Indies opener Chris Gayle has quickly shrugged off the disappointment of not being able to land a place in the inaugural 100,and is still continuing to be one of the first names to be called when it comes to any new form of limited overs cricket.

Gayle is one of the names being touted as being part of the Ultimate Kricket Challenge in Dubai in February of 2020.

The event, a five-day extravaganza, will also include the likes of Andre Russell, Kevin Pietersen, Yuvraj Singh, and Shahid Afridi.

The dates have been tentatively set for February 18 to 23 in a format that includes one-on-one cricket.

The two cricketers facing off against each other will face 30 balls and can be out five times. The matches will be determined by the number of runs scored.

“I can’t wait to have a practice run. It’s a new and exciting format and its growth depends on how we start the first edition,” said Yuvraj.

“This is going to be huge,” said Kevin Pietersen on Twitter, sharing the same sentiment as Gayle.

Gayle has been the main proponent of short-form cricket, dominating the statistics as a T20 batsman, leading compatriots of huge talent.

The Universe Boss, has so far, had the most runs in T20s (13,051), the most centuries (22), the most sixes (960), most man-of-the-match awards, to go along with the highest individual score (175 not out).

Kevin Pietersen has expressed reservations about Chris Silverwood's inexperience, saying the new England head coach "wouldn't have been my choice" for the job.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Monday that Silverwood would be promoted to replace Trevor Bayliss having previously worked as the team's fast bowling coach under the Australian.

Silverwood had success as a head coach in domestic county cricket with Essex, winning Division One of the County Championship the year after he led them to promotion to the top tier.

However, Pietersen, who played in 104 Tests for England between 2005 and 2014, feels the ECB should have gone with a coach that had led a team at international level.

Pietersen, who was speaking at the launch of Hublot's first boutique in India, told Omnisport: "He wouldn't have been my choice but I don't make the decision. 

"I hope it works out for English cricket, I hope it works out for [director of England men's cricket] Ashley Giles. Ashley Giles is a very close friend of mine. He looked after me when I came into the England [ODI] team in 2004 and it's a brave decision.

"The England cricket team is in the headlines all the time around the world. Wearing that England cricket badge, you're in the headlines all the time. The reason why he wouldn't have been my choice is because he's had no international coaching experience and it's a big job. Coaching England is a huge job.

"I understand Ashley Giles' reasons for that. He wanted to keep one coach across all three forms of the game. I hope it works out, I really hope it works out for him. But with no [international] head-coach success, failure… let's hope he's learned a hell of a lot from [Trevor] Bayliss, because it's a tough world being the head coach of an international team, especially England."

Former India and South Africa head coach Gary Kirsten was thought to be the leading candidate for the role, yet Pietersen has not been impressed by his record in Twenty20 cricket.

"He wouldn't have been my choice either," he added.

"I don't think Gary has the greatest numbers when it comes to T20 cricket. The game evolves, the game gets a lot faster, but he has some fantastic numbers with South Africa and with India [in] the longer form of the game, the Test side of the game, the one-day side of the game."

Pietersen would have instead opted for his old Surrey coach Graham Ford, who previously helmed South Africa and Sri Lanka, and now presides over the fortunes of the Ireland national team.

"An amazing man, just an incredible knowledge of the game," Pietersen said of Ford.

"He understands the game of cricket. He treats the youngest player the same as the most senior player.

"He can guide a captain, he's worked alongside some of the most fantastic players and he could guide that young England team and he could definitely make a difference with that batting."

Jofra Archer is ready to come out all guns blazing on his expected England Test debut in the heat of an Ashes battle at Lord's.

Archer, who was presented with his Test cap while rain delayed the start of the second match against Australia, has made a dream start to his international career, playing a huge part in England's Cricket World Cup triumph on home soil.

The Barbados-born quick will also be under pressure to hit the ground running should he face Australia on his bow in the longest format in London after the tourists won the first match of the series at Edgbaston.

We take a look at six of the best performances by players making their Test debuts in the Ashes over the years.

 

BOB MASSIE, LORD'S 1972

Nerves were clearly not an issue for Australia new boy Massie when he stepped out onto the hallowed Lord's turf for his maiden appearance in the longest format 47 years ago.

The swing bowler recorded what were at that point the best match figures by a Test debutant after being handed the new ball, taking 16-137.

England's batsmen had no answer to his late swing, Massey taking a magnificent 8-84 in the first innings and 8-53 in the second to set up an eight-wicket victory, levelling the series at 1-1.

 

MARK WAUGH, ADELAIDE OVAL 1991

Australia great Waugh started his magnificent Test career in style with a majestic debut century.

The prolific right-hander struck 138, including 18 boundaries, in the first innings of a drawn second match of the series at Adelaide Oval in 1991.

Australia went on to win 3-0 and although Waugh played just one more match in that series, he struck a further 19 centuries and averaged 41.81 in a stellar Test career.

 

GRAHAM THORPE, TRENT BRIDGE 1993

Thorpe is another batsman who will have very fond memories of his maiden Test appearance, digging in for a gutsy unbeaten century at Trent Bridge.

The England left-hander showed great character and application to prevent Australia from wrapping up the series in the penultimate Test in Nottingham, batting for over five hours and facing 280 balls for his 114 not out.

Graham Gooch (120) and Nasser Hussain (47no) also frustrated the tourists, although Allan Border's side took the 1993 series 3-1 with a crushing victory at Lord's.

 

KEVIN PIETERSEN, LORD'S 2005

Pietersen showed he is the man for the big occasion in London 14 years ago, making half-centuries in both innings of the opening Test.

Although Australia won by 239 runs, maverick England stroke-maker Pietersen gave a taste of what was to come.

The innovative batsman made a huge impact in that classic series, which England won 2-1 - including a hugely important 158 in the second innings of the final Test under massive pressure to set up a draw.

 

JONATHAN TROTT, THE OVAL 2009

Trott was thrust into the battle of a decisive final Test at the Oval a decade ago and that proved to be a masterstroke of a selection.

Coming in at number five, the tenacious batsman made 41 in the first innings and 119 second time around after arriving at the crease with England 39-3 - having secured a first-innings lead of 172.

Trott, Andrew Strauss (75) and Graeme Swann (63) left Australia facing a huge run chase and they were bowled out for 348 to go down 2-1.

 

ASHTON AGAR, TRENT BRIDGE 2013

Agar was selected by Australia for his left-arm spin, but it was his batting that had England scratching their heads in Nottingham six years ago.

At the age of 19, Agar came out to bat at number 11 with the tourists reeling on 117-9 in reply to England's 215 all out.

Agar proceeded to make 98 - the highest Test score by a number 11 - in a final stand of 163 with the late Phillip Hughes (81no) and made Alastair Cook his maiden Test scalp, but England edged a dramatic 14-run victory.

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