Windies skipper says livewire Russell doubtful for New Zealand clash

Sanjay Myers
@ ICC Cricket World Cup
In England & Wales

Saturday, June 22, 2019

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MANCHESTER, England — West Indies star all-rounder Andre Russell, troubled by long-standing knee problems, is unlikely to face New Zealand at Old Trafford today, according to captain Jason Holder.

The 31-year-old Russell has taken part in four of the West Indies' five games at the Cricket World Cup, showing discomfort at times when batting, bowling, and fielding.

“I think one guy who probably may be definitely out tomorrow (today)is Russell. I don't think he's fit enough to go tomorrow. But everybody else should be good to go,” Holder told journalists yesterday during a pre-game press conference at match venue.

“I think his situation is that he's got a chronic injury. Some days are better than some. Probably just hasn't pulled up as how he would like for this game. And I don't think it's a situation where he's going to go through the game tomorrow,” he continued.

Russell, a key member of the team due to his power hitting, pace bowling, and explosive fielding, was an injury concern ahead of the World Cup due to his dodgy left and right knees.

However, West Indies selectors could not overlook his outstanding batting form during this season's Indian Premier League.

Though yet to complete his full complement of 10 overs in any game so far at this World Cup, Russell has had some success, taking five wickets. However, he has been underwhelming with the bat, tallying only 36 runs in three innings.

Asked if there are other injury concerns, the West Indies skipper said: “Not serious. It's a situation where we're trying to manage them as best as we possibly can. I think it's normal for every cricket team to have lots of niggles going around, but we have quite a few of them, and we're just trying to manage them as best we can.”

West Indies have three points from five matches after three losses at the tournament. Their only victory came against Pakistan in their opening game, while they gained a point for a rained out game against South Africa.

New Zealand have been in punishing form, winning four of five games for their nine points. They have only dropped a point in the rain-abandoned fixture against fellow unbeaten team India.

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