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Russell hoping for WI recall

KINGSTON — Dropped from the West Indies team ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy earlier this year, fast-bowling all-rounder Andr√ Russell has hopes to use the Limacol Caribbean Premier League to bolster his chances of a recall.

Russell was in striking form last weekend, slamming 47 not out off 19 balls to lead the Jamaica Tallawahs to a six-wicket win over the St Lucia Zouks at Beausejour Stadium.

The man-of-the-match, whose innings included four sixes and three fours, propelled the Tallawahs to 146 for four in chase of St Lucia Zouks’ 142 for seven.

“After getting dropped from the West Indies team, this is one of the tournaments that I am going to try to use and get back my game,” said Russell, following his performance against the Zouks.

“The whole Caribbean is watching and the West Indies selectors are watching, so it is for me to therefore go out and show the selectors what I am capable of doing.”

Russell, who in addition to the Champions Trophy was also left out of the West Indies squad for the subsequent Celkon Mobile Tri-Nation series — involving India and Sri Lanka — and one-day and Twenty20 home series against Pakistan, entered the LCPL in decent form.

He made a match-winning 77 not out for Worcestershire in his final game of the Friends Provident Twenty20 competition in England after making creditable scores of 47, 21, 44, 15 and five, respectively, in their previous matches.

He also had fairly good returns with the ball, claiming one for 20, one for 12, one for 12, two for 26, and one for 43 in Worcestershire’s last five matches.

The 25-year-old, who has a one-day international batting average of 30 from 34 matches, and 13.5 from 15 T20s, has since transferred his English form to the LCPL tournament, where, prior to his knock against the Zouks, he made respective scores of three, 42 not out, and two.

Russell has also performed admirably with the ball in the LCPL so far, having taken none for four, none for 30, two for 27, and, one for 15.

“I am not surprised with the way I have been playing as I have been working hard in the nets,” he said after the Zouks match on Saturday night.

“I am an all-rounder, so you know, I have to work twice as hard. I also always try to do a bit of fielding. Sometimes, I am a bit tired, but, you know, I still have to do a few catches and ground fielding,” he pointed out.

Russell is back in Jamaica with the Tallawahs, who are down to face Guyana Amazon Warriors in a return-leg fixture on Thursday at Sabina Park.

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