West Indies’ Andre Russell Ruled Out of World Cup Due to Injury
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has been ruled out of the rest of ICC World Cup due to injury.
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has been ruled out of the remainder of the Cricket World Cup after failing to overcome a left knee injury that curtailed his bowling.
The International Cricket Council says it approved Sunil Ambris, a 26-year-old top-order batsman, as a replacement for Russell.
West Indies next take on India at Old Trafford on Thursday, 27 June.
In the four matches out of six he played in the World Cup, Russell managed just 36 runs at an average of 12. With the ball in hand, he had picked up five wickets at an economy rate of 5.31.
He played an important role at the start of the West Indies' campaign, taking two wickets in the opening win over Pakistan and another two against Australia. The West Indies pace bowlers had Australia in deep trouble before letting the defending champion off the hook.
He bowled only two overs in the loss to England in Southampton before limping off the field, and struggled in six overs that returned 1-42 as Bangladesh chased down 322 to win their head-to-head in Taunton.
Russell, who can have an imposing presence with bat and ball, missed the five-run loss to New Zealand in Manchester on 22 June and – with West Indies needing to win its last three group games to have a chance of reaching the semifinals – has been finally replaced in the squad.
West Indies are all but out of the World Cup as they are languishing at the eighth spot in the 10-team competition with just three points from six games.
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