Narine and Russell to skip England ODI series
Majority of the cricket fans wrote the Windies completely off even before they locked horns with England. But they shut the critics by getting off to a sensational start as they bowled them out for just 77 runs in the first innings in the first Test and are now seem to be clear-cut favourites to win the match.
Just when things started on a good note for the Windies supporters, bad news followed up at the Bridgetown Test as Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced that the deadly duo- Sunil Narine and Andre Russell will skip the team’s ODI series against England. The board added that the pair will not take part in the limited-over series because they are not match-ready as per ESPNCricinfo.
What happened to the lethal pair? The 30-year-old Sunil Narine lacks confidence at the moment while Andre Russell has an injured knee. Narine is quite the familiar figure especially in the truncated version of the game as he spices it up regularly in the Indian Premier League for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). For long, Narine was known as the toughest spinner to play against. But ever since, he was promoted as an opener, he carved out a reputation for himself as an attacking opening batsman.
However, he played his last ODI in October 2016 and has now notified the board that he lacks confidence in bowling 10 overs in a game. Having played moderate number of 65 ODIs and featured in a handful of six Tests, Narine has practically been ruled out of the next World Cup as well.
As far as the beast all-rounder Andre Russell is concerned, he is also another T20 specialist and also plays for KKR. He is known for the knack of hitting the balls with brute force and as a result, he has helped the team score more runs in fewer balls. He will skip England ODI series as he cited his knee injury as a reason. Russell has by far played 52 ODIs for the Windies but didn’t play feature in any 50-over game since July last year.