All-rounder Andre Russell has made a comeback to the West Indies squad as he replaced injured Kemar Roach for the fourth and fifth ODI of the ongoing five-match series against England. Roach has been sidelined from the series owing to a stress reaction in the back. Russell is also having some issues with his knee but chief selector Courtney Browne believes that his batting abilities could prove to be an asset for the team. Also Read - Aaron Finch Dismisses Michael Clarke's Controversial Claim, Says Test Series vs India Was Played in 'Right Spirit'
“We are well aware that although Andre’s bowling may be limited due to a knee problem, his tremendous batting ability to power the ball in the back end of the game will be an asset to the team,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Browne, as saying. Also Read - Yuvraj Singh Apologizes For Casteist Remark Against Yuzvendra Chahal, Says Never Believed in Any Kind of Disparity
The right-hand batsman, who is currently participating in the Pakistan Super League, is slated to join the team on Monday. Russell has been out of action from the ODI cricket as his last one-day match was against Bangladesh in July, last year. Also Read - Virat Kohli, Sunil Chhetri Mourn Kerala Elephant Tragedy, Call For Stringent Action Against Perpetrators
West Indies and England will play their fourth ODI on February 27 in Grenada followed by the final match in Gros Islet on March 2. The five-match series is currently tied at 1-1.
On the other side, Windies cricketer Darren Bravo hailed soon-to-be-retired batsman Chris Gayle as “hero to the young players” and termed his playing experience with the swashbuckling batsman as “priceless”.
Recently, Gayle announced that he would retire from the one-day international cricket (ODI) after the World Cup which is slated to be held in England and Wales, later this year.
“He’s definitely a hero to the young players. Not even a hero; he’s a legend. The experience of having Chris in the dressing room is priceless. He puts a smile on each and every player’s face. And, as you can see when we go out there, we really enjoy our cricket,” ICC quoted Bravo, as saying.
“If you look at the stats, he’s achieved a lot at the international level. He’s a special player. We’re really happy to have him,” he added.