Windies not dependent on Rusell’s bowling – Reifer

By April 27, 2019
Andre Russell Andre Russell

The Windies have a plan to manage the workload of Andre Russell at the ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales next month. 

That plan, explained interim head coach of the Windies, Floyd Reifer, includes using the destructive batsman, as a batting all-rounder.

Russell has had knee problems over the last few years, hampering his bowling, though he can put down some fiery spells in the Twenty20 format where he is only required to bowl four overs at maximum.

“Look at his form in the IPL, he’s been scoring a lot of runs [and] we’ll be using him as a batting all-rounder in the World Cup,” said Reifer.

Cricket West Indies chief selector, Robert Haynes, is in agreement with Reifer about the way format though he did admit that Russell had injuries. Those injuries, though, Haynes is suggesting won’t be a problem.

“He just has a few niggling injuries – one with his wrist and one where he was feeling some pain behind his knee – but he assured me he will be ok for the World Cup,” said Haynes.

Russell played for the Windies nearly a year ago and could only feature in one match of three-game series against Bangladesh after a knee injury forced him out.

Against England in the Caribbean recently, Russell was called in but could take no part in proceedings because of the same injury concerns.

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