Chris Gayle smashes Darren Sammy's record, at Darren Sammy stadium

Gayle smashed 74 of his 77 runs in boundaries in his last ODI in the Caribbean.

Chris Gayle signed off his last One Day International in the West Indies with a record half century in the fifth match against England at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Saint Lucia on Saturday in yet another innings that made little work of the English attack.

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Chasing a paltry 113, Gayle set off from the get-go striking three fours in the first over bowled by Chris Woakes and then went on to plunder 23 runs in the third over -- off Woakes -- that included three sixes. And this was despite claiming to have walked out with the wrong bat as he made his way towards the pitch.

He eventually reached his fifty in 19 balls and became the fastest West Indian to reach the milestone, surpassing Darren Sammy's benchmark by a delivery. Gayle, slated to play for Kings XI Punjab in the upcoming VIVO Indian Premier League, milked 26 runs off five balls from Mark Wood before his off stump was uprooted in the last ball of the over.

Gayle departed with 77 off just 27 balls, with 5 fours and 9 maximums that accounted for 74 runs in boundaries alone. He finished the series with a record 424 runs, the most in a series batting four or fewer innings.

With another record 39 sixes to his name in the series, he was named Man of the Series for his efforts.

"Man of the series, aged 39, come on youngsters, what's happening!" he quipped.

"This has to be my best ODI tournament, but I'm not a stats person. But to be able to do this at home, it's outstanding," he reflected. "The captain said he can't understand how I can announce my retirement when I'm striking it so well.

"At one stage I thought, is this going to be my last innings in the Caribbean for the West Indies, so I thought I'd go out on a high," he added.

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