Russell in Windies squad for 4th and 5th Colonial Medical Insurance ODIs

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – Andre Russell has been called up to the West Indies squad for the fourth and fifth matches of the Colonial Medical Insurance One-Day International Series. The exciting allrounder will arrive in Grenada on Monday and will be eligible for selection for the fourth contest at the Grenada National Stadium (February 27) and fifth and final encounter at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Saint Lucia (March 2).

The 30-year-old has so far played 52 matches and featured at the ICC Cricket World Cups in 2011 and 2015. He has 998 runs (average 28.5; strike rate 130). He also has 68 wickets (average 32.7) with five four-wicket hauls. He has a highest score of 92 not out against India in Antigua in June, 2011 and best howling of 4-35 against India in Jamaica in that same series.

West Indies and England meet in the third Colonial Medical Insurance One-Day International on Monday – the 99th ODI between the two teams. The five-match rubber is level 1-1 – England won the opener by six wickets while Windies struck back to take the second by 26 runs at Kensington Oval.

Courtney Browne, Chairman of CWI Selection Panel, welcomed Russell back into the team and also outlined that fast bowler Kemar Roach has been sidelined with a back injury. Roach will remain in Barbados and continue his rehabilitation.

“Kemar Roach had to be withdrawn from the ODI series due to injury and will be replaced in the squad by the experienced Andre Russell for the last two matches. Kemar was magnificent leading to him winning the Player of the Series award, which helped us win the Wisden Trophy Test Series. We want to wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the field soon,” Browne said.

“We believe Russell will add value to the squad. 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. The panel takes this opportunity to wish captain Jason Holder and his team all the best for the remainder of matches in the series.”

FULL SQUAD for 4th and 5th ODIs
(with jersey numbers)
Jason Holder (Captain) – 8
Fabian Allen – 97
Devendra Bishoo – 70
Carlos Brathwaite – 26
Darren Bravo – 46
John Campbell – 32
Sheldon Cottrell – 19
Chris Gayle – 45
Shimron Hetmyer – 2
Shai Hope – 4
Ashley Nurse – 5
Nicholas Pooran – 29
Andre Russell – 12
Oshane Thomas – 42

Colonial Medical Insurance ODI Series Schedule
1st Colonial Medical Insurance ODI – Wednesday, February 20
Kensington Oval, Barbados – England won by six wickets

2nd Colonial Medical Insurance ODI – Friday, February 22
Kensington Oval, Barbados – West Indies won by 26 runs

3rd Colonial Medical Insurance ODI – Monday, February 25
Grenada National Stadium, Grenada

4th Colonial Medical Insurance ODI – Wednesday, February 27
Grenada National Stadium, Grenada

5th Colonial Medical Insurance ODI– Saturday, March 2
Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, Saint Lucia