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West Indies recall all-rounder Andre Russell, retain Chris Gayle for upcoming back-to-back T20I assignments

West Indies recall all-rounder Andre Russell, retain Chris Gayle for upcoming back-to-back T20I assignments

St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda: Andre Russell is about to play worldwide cricket for the primary time in over a 12 months after being named within the West Indies squad on Tuesday for upcoming T20 collection towards South Africa, Australia and Pakistan.

The T20 World Cup holders play the three five-match house collection this summer season as preparation for his or her title defence in India.

Large-hitting all-rounder Russell final performed for the Windies in a T20 Worldwide in Sri Lanka in March 2020.

He impressed within the suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) with the bat and his dying bowling.

File picture of West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell. Reuters

Veteran batsman Chris Gayle additionally makes the 18-man checklist, regardless of the 41-year-old struggling for runs towards Sri Lanka earlier this 12 months.

Left-hander Shimron Hetmyer, like Russell, has been recalled.

“We’ve got assembled a really stable squad — with skilled world-class match-winners and a few thrilling younger proficient gamers, able to explode onto the worldwide stage and do nice issues for West Indies cricket,” stated West Indies coach Phil Simmons.

The Caribbean outfit, two-time world T20 champions, play 5 video games in Grenada towards South Africa from 26 June, with the collection towards Australia beginning on 9 July in St Lucia.

They then face Pakistan in Barbados on 27 and 28 July earlier than three matches in Guyana.

The T20 World Cup is scheduled to get underway on 18 October.

West Indies squad:

Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr

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Updated: May 26, 2021 — 9:06 pm

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