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HEY BIG HITTER: Gayle warms up yesterday before his history making swing

IT MAY have took 2,051 cricket Tests since the first match ball was delivered in 1877, but a batsman has finally struck a six off an opening Test ball.

Step forward West Indies’ Chris Gayle, who today accomplished the feat against Bangladesh in the first Test in Dhaka.

The left-handed all-rounder sent debutant Sohag Gazi’s opening delivery over long-on to become the first ever cricketer to record a six from the start of a Test match.

However, Gazi got his revenge when Gayle later tonked up his ball to be caught out on 24.

The Jamaican’s history smashing six was his 84th in his Test career, and, fittingly, he now becomes joint sixth on the all-time list of big hitters.

Gayle has already made a name for himself with the bat in Twenty20 cricket; the 33-year-old has achieved seven centuries in that version of the game – more than anyone else.

The visitors finished the opening day with a healthy 361-4 – largely due to the prowess of Shivarine Chanderpaul, 123 not out, and Kieran Powell, 117.

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