WI captain Holder gives fitness update on Gayle and Russell
West Indies could morally be on the top and take refuge in the fact that their two crunch hitters Chris Gayle and Andre Russell will be available for the team’s second World Cup fixture against Australia. The news was confirmed by the team captain Jason Holder himself at the recently-concluded press conference.
There have been quite a lot of concerns over the fitness of Chris Gayle and Andre Russell as they both picked up niggles during the course of the tournament. But their team skipper put all those problems to rest once and for all by confirming that both will completely recover from their niggles before the team’s second World Cup game against Australia on Thursday.
There is still some elegance and power left in Gayle
Cut to Gayle, he notched up his fifty off just 33 balls as the Windies secured a seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the tourney opener at Trent Bridge on Friday.
Just as when the fans thought Gayle lost a tinge of batting spice in his arsenal, the tall man ensured to deliver a hefty punch, shutting critics in his so-called Caribbean style. This is his last ever international tournament and he is working hard to make his last one ever so special.
With three towering sixes by the flick of his wrists, the umpire had quite a bit of exercise in raising both his hands. He might have struggled to breeze through the wickets but that hardly matters for him when he can hit maximums with relative ease.
Jason Holder is also confident that five-day rest between this victory and the upcoming match with Australia will be sufficient for them to recover.
Meanwhile, Andre Russell highlighted the fact that he will be just fine despite picking up a knee injury. He took two wickets in his opening fixture.
“I’ve more than enough time to get my knee back to normal and get it settled,” he added.