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Andre Russell returns to West Indies T20I squad


Cricket West Indies on Saturday announced the 14-member squad for the upcoming T20 International series against Sri Lanka.

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Vibrant all-rounder Andre Russell and fast bowler Oshane Thomas have been recalled to the squad.

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Russell, 31, a veteran of appearing in 47 shortest format matches for the Caribbean side was out of the national team since June 2019.

Meanwhile 23-year old Thomas who has recently been survived from a fatal car accident in Jamaica, is declared fit and included in the squad.

Left-arm spinner Fabian Allen was also included in the squad alongside additional wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope.

CWI head of selectors Roger Harper said,

“Shimron Hetmyer missed out on selection for the ODI squad. He has since attained the required fitness level, becoming available for selection and has been included.

“Andre Russell is back in the squad, having been cleared by the medical panel and successfully completing CWI’s return-to-play protocol. Andre will add potency to every department of the team. Oshane Thomas appears to be focused and raring to go. He will add pace and penetration to the bowling unit.”

“Shai Hope provides an opening option and cover as a back-up wicket-keeper also. Fabian Allen returns from the injury he sustained in the series against Afghanistan late last year.

“He will provide a spin bowling option as well as adding depth to the batting group,” he added.

West Indies Squad for Sri Lanka T20Is:

Kieron Pollard (capt), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kesrick Williams.

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