Russell ‘hungry’ for West Indies return at World Cup

Ruben Hill
May 1, 2019

West Indies full 15-member squad for the World Cup: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Nichlas Pooran (wk), Ashley Nurse, Fabian Allen, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Oshane Thomas, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis.

"I took two injections to better my knee but it flared up and I was so upset". Russell was recalled earlier this year for the final games of the five-match series against England which ended in a draw.

However, Russell has not been a regular appearance for the Windies in the ODIs, having played just 2 games since the 2015 World Cup.

"I would have loved to play in the World Cup".

"But as I said, I'm so hungry right now to play for West Indies". "To have a player the calibre of Chris in the side to lead the batting with his vast experience and his ability to play match-winning or game-changing innings is a blessing for us and the motivation of becoming the leading scorer for West Indies in ODIs is something which I think he will relish". However, a knee injury ruled him out of the series and the T20 leg.

"I'm so hungry now to represent the West Indies", Russell said. "Like I'm doing here, hit sixes and score centuries".

Russell's inclusion might come as a surprise for many but the allrounder is definitely not one of them.

"It's holding me back from playing worldwide cricket".

"What's been happening over the years is we have been playing all around the world in T20 leagues, we've been treated like royalties and, you know, we haven't been treated like we are part of the Caribbean team. I think that is where it should be more fun because we speak the same language, we can be yourself and stuff". "I was just trying to make sure that whatever happened here, I did my best and put my best foot forward". "That's why I'm so hungry right now to represent the West Indies because a lot of fans being saying all sort of things".

In recent years, Russell has been in and out of the West Indies set-up due to prolonged injuries.

West Indies will start their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on May 31. I can get through a T20 where I bowl just four overs. I haven't played global cricket in so long and this shows how much they want me to come back. At the end of the day, politics will always win over whatever. I don't get deep into that. "Not only for us as cricketers but for the board, for the future and for West Indies cricket", he said.

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