Windies windfall for Manuka's centenary international
Master-blaster ... Christ Gayle top scored for the West Indies against the PM's XI at Manuka in 2010. Photo: Graham Tidy
Modern-day master-blaster Chris Gayle could return to Manuka Oval to reproduce one of the most explosive knocks Canberra has ever seen.
Today Cricket Australia announced the West Indies will help Canberra celebrate its centenary year with a day-night, one-day international against Australia at ACT's historic oval on February 6.
It will be the first time the Australian cricket team will play in the nation's capital.
Canberra's 2013 centenary is shaping as a celebration of sport, with cricket not the only spectacle planned.
The British and Irish Lions rugby team will play against the ACT Brumbies at Canberra Stadium and the same venue is favoured to host next year's rugby league Anzac Test between the Kangaroos and New Zealand.
ACT Minister for Sport Andrew Barr was also hoping to bring the Socceroos and Australian hockey and netball teams to town, as well as an AFL blockbuster between Kevin Sheedy's Greater Western Sydney and his old club Essendon.
Mr Barr hoped the historic one-dayer would lay the foundation for future games, including international, Big Bash League and 2015 cricket World Cup fixtures.
Gayle tore apart a Prime Minister's XI attack at Manuka in 2010, smashing 146 runs off just 89 balls, including 14 fours and eight sixes.
Canberra cricket fans will be salivating at the possibility of a repeat of that day's run-fest.
The Windies smashed 399 runs from their 45 overs, before an unbeaten 160 from South Australia batsman Tom Cooper helped the PM's side to 312.
Gayle is back in action after a bitter contract dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board led to them banning him from international cricket.
The laidback Jamaican returned against England in June – his first game for the West Indies for more than a year – and has already given them a taste of what they missed.
He belted 125 off 107 balls against New Zealand two weeks ago.
Tickets will go on sale for the West Indies game on October 11.
Manuka will also host the Prime Minister's XI next year, on a date yet-to-be determined, as well as a Chairman's XI game against Sri Lanka from December 6-8.