29-Year-Old All Rounder West Indies
February 12, 2018 Andre Russell News
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Russell blasted his way to 51 off 23 not out including one boundary and six maximums in Jamaica's List A victory over the Leeward Islands in the West Indies Regional Super50.
With Chadwick Walton opening with 169, Jamaica could afford to coast in the end of their innings, but Russell, fresh off a one-year suspension, didn't look as if he'd missed a beat as he found the boundary nearly every third ball including six sixes to push Jamaica to 329, eventually winning by 148 runs.
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Fantasy AnalysisRussell recently played in the Big Bash League for the Sydney Thunder, but took part in his last internationals for the West Indies in August and had been widely assumed to be in violation of the doping code. If he does not appeal (and then win his appeal), he'll miss the Pakistan Super League (for which a replacement has already been named), the India Premier League, the NatWest T20 Blast (for which he plays for Nottinghamshire), and the Caribbean Premier League in addition to his international commitments for the Windies.
Fantasy AnalysisA leading player for the Caribbean side in recent times, Russell's reasons for withdrawal from the upcoming games are unknown. However, it is speculated that the allrounder is set to face the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission in the forthcoming days for allegedly missing tests. As a result, Kesrick Williams has been called into the squad as Russell's replacement.
Fantasy AnalysisComing off the quickest CPL century in Qualifier 2, Russell did his damage with the ball Sunday. On the fourth ball of the match, Russell caught the outside edge of Nic Maddinson's bat and ended his night with a golden duck. Russell was also the bowler for the final wicket of the innings, a run out of Adam Zampa on the first ball of the 17th over to give the Tallawahs a shorter chase than they could've possibly imagined. Finishing the tournament with the third-most maximums at 23, Russell also posted the third best bowling figure at 4/23 and one of just three 2016 CPL centuries.
Fantasy AnalysisThe West Indies international came through for the Tallawahs when he was needed, blasting the fastest century in the history of the CPL off just 44 balls to take his side to 195. Russell then backed up with the ball, taking two wickets from his three overs as a result of rain affecting the match and reducing the second innings to 12 overs.
Fantasy AnalysisRussell both managed to muster a match-high 183.33 strike rate to put the Tallawahs in a decent position to win and then helped them secure it with his four wickets. Bowling in the 17th over, Russell got Kevon Cooper and Sunil Narine on back-to-back balls to beat back the Knight Riders' chase. As a batsman, this was Russell's top score of the tournament to date as he looks for his first half-century in the CPL this season.
Fantasy AnalysisThe first sign of a rout came on just the third ball of the second innings at Sabina Park on Saturday, when Russell claimed the scalp of Lendl Simmons for a duck with a catch off his own ball. The wickets fell fast and frequently from thereon out, with five of the seven Jamaican bowlers getting a taste. Russell's third-over dismissal of Faf du Plessis completed the decimation of the Patriots' top order, leaving it up to Jonathan Carter to try and salvage their innings. With the bat, Russell chipped in a meager offering, which included one six and a four, before being caught out by Devon Thomas.
Fantasy AnalysisRussell injured his left leg in the latter stages of IPL9 and missed KKR's final three games, including a loss in the Eliminator to eventual champion Sunrisers. Before limping off the ground at Eden Gardens on May 16, he was easily the best player for the squad, putting together a batting strike rate of 164.91 and swiping 15 wickets every 14.6 balls with a 7.97 economy rate. It's unclear if the ailment was the impetus for his absence from the national team, but the WICB is only committed to the current members for the first four matches of the Tri-Series, meaning Russell could be tabbed at some point before the Windies take on Australia on June 21.
Fantasy AnalysisCaptain Gautam Gambhir's decision to bowl paid immediate dividends, with Russell taking the new ball and making quick work of Dehli's openers. Russell ensured that Shreyas Iyer's dismal tournament continued with an LBW on the third ball, and three balls later Quinton de Kock holed out to deep square leg. The Jamaican's efforts were slowly but surely undone, though, mostly on the backs of a 105-run stand in the middle and Carlos Brathwaite's 34 in the death. Saving his last over until the end of the first innings, Russell finally rid KKR of the Barbadian pest, but a daunting chase to surpass 186 now await them. Without Robin Uthappa keeping his side on a semblance of the required run rate, Russell's appearance with the bat would have been all for naught. Upon entering the crease with 80 needed from the last 39, Russell teamed with Uthappa to put up Kolkata's top partnership of the day -- 44 off 21 -- but the former's exit at the end of the 17th set off a domino effect, as the last five wickets fell within 10 balls.
Fantasy AnalysisRussell downed Darren Bravo along the way but otherwise yielded one four and two sixes in his last nine balls to settle for expensive overs. In an attempt to make amends, Russell recorded two fours and three sixes himself before picking out deep point in the 19th to end his time in the crease. While he's left something to be desired with the ball -- his eight wickets have fallen at a 22.5 strike rate -- he boasts a 152.87 batting strike rate on the season.
Fantasy AnalysisRussell continues to be occasionally leaky with the ball, scattering five fours about his time in the middle overs, but he nailed down scalps in each of his final three overs to record his best figures of IPL8. In the second innings, the Knight Riders were keeping pace with Rajasthan's tally of 199 upon his entrance in the ninth, and he brought the match into further focus with four fours and two sixes during a 55-run stand in the span of 5.1 overs. A mishit to long-off in the 14th ended his day, though, and the chase didn't receive an infusion of boundaries until it was too late. In any case, Russell's first full IPL season was an unquestionable success, as he posted a batting average of 36.22 at a stellar 192.89 strike rate. He was nearly as effective with the ball, taking 14 wickets to go with a 7.96 economy rate and 17.4 strike rate. Expect his next appearance to occur in the CPL, which commences on July 11.
Fantasy AnalysisRussell suffered through his most expensive overs of the tournament, giving up two fours and four sixes, with two apiece coming in the final over of the first innings. In the midst of disaster, he bowled and caught Gurkeerat Singh, which appeared to right Russell's compass. Handling the bat for the first time and the Knight Riders wavering at 4/84 near the end of the 11th, Russell teamed up with Yusuf Pathan for 53 in the next 25 balls to get his side back on course. Russell proceeded to account for 20 of 23 runs for the sixth wicket, which doubled as his dismissal on an edge to keeper Wriddhiman Saha in the 17th. Because the left shoulder injury suffered last Monday hasn't kept the allrounder out of KKR's playing XI in the interim, Russell will bring along a 41.00 batting average and 11 wickets at a 17.8 strike rate into the last two matches before the postseason begins.
Fantasy AnalysisRussell's time in the crease was short-lived, as he posted only one off three, and one over removed from his first over with the ball, his diving attempt to keep the the ball within the ropes resulted in the injured shoulder. He left the match for a time but eventually returned to bowl the final over, grabbing one wicket and settling at 10 runs yielded in his two overs. His ability to complete the over intimates that he should be available for selection Thursday against the Daredevils, which will be imperative due to the allrounder's 46.20 average and nine wickets taken in the tournament.
Fantasy AnalysisAlternating between length deliveries and slower balls in his first two overs bowled, Russell finally bowled through Dwayne Bravo with an offcutter, which knocked down the offstump to send his fellow West Indian to the dugout. Russell picked up another scalp for his seventh of the tournament, pushing the allrounder to five in the last three games. After his side stumbled to 57/3 through 9.1, he moved up to No. 5 in an attempt to bring the match into focus, and his tandem with Robin Uthappa discovered immediate chemistry. With the required run rate hovering around 10.00, the duo constructed an innings with ever-increasing momentum, as boundaries were plentiful between the 12th and 17th overs. Along the way, Russell hammered four fours and four sixes to nudge into the Top 20 run scorers in IPL8. While his 186.86 strike rate sits second among batsmen to score at least 100 runs, his average for the season, 61.66, ranks first overall.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter Chennai cruised to 55 runs from the first seven overs, Russell brought pace to the forefront, allowing no more than seven runs in any of his overs. Along the way, both Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni edged deliveries to keeper Robin Uthappa, marking Russell's second haul of multiple scalps in the tournament. With five in the last four matches, he boasts a 7.66 economy rate and an impressive 14.4 strike rate during that stretch.
Fantasy AnalysisRussell didn't enter the crease for the second time in four matches, but his bowling was relatively cheap, lowering his economy rate for the tournament to 8.08. In two innings with the bat, though, he's prospered, tallying an unbeaten 41 against the Royal Challengers and 66 versus Kings XI. While his 107.00 average and 201.88 strike rate are sure to revert to the mean, captain Gautam Gambhir may consider moving Russell up in the order to take advantage of his batting prowess.
Fantasy AnalysisComing on at 131/4 in the 17th over, Russell launched six fours and two sixes across the remainder of the first innings, avoiding late wickets of Yusuf Pathan and Shakib Al Hasan to notch his first unbeaten performance in IPL action. Russell's residence in the latter half of the Knight Riders' order won't result in an appearance in the crease in each match of the tournament, but his time with the ball has been fruitless in two fixtures. In five overs bowled, his pace has yet to knock over a wicket, while translating to a 7.40 economy rate.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a slow start, wicket-wise, to the tournament, Russell knocked down exactly two in each of the West Indies' final four fixtures, and his 11 ultimately ranked second on the team to Jerome Taylor's 17. Russell also provided key knocks at the end of innings, including 27 off 13 not out against Ireland, 42 off 13 not out versus Pakistan, and 20 off 11 against New Zealand in the quarterfinals. With the Cup behind him, the pace bowler will commence his second season with the Kolkata Knight Riders on Apr. 8. However, he's been used sparingly in three IPL campaigns, tallying two wickets while allowing 10.03 runs per over across nine outings.
Fantasy AnalysisUndue pressure was placed on the West Indies' middle and late order after finding themselves at 35/4 after 9.1. Upon his own entrance at 72/6 on the last ball of the 22nd over, Russell lasted 13 minutes before his attempt at a big knock ended any dreams of his third unbeaten score of the World Cup. He fared far better with the ball, stamping out both Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja on short deliveries, but a wild streak -- five wides and one no ball -- elevated his runs per over to 5.37. Through five games in the tournament, Russell is still averaging 38.50 at an astounding 208.11 strike rate, with his seven wickets going for a 32.43 average and 6.31 economy rate.
Fantasy AnalysisRussell has yet to be dismissed in this World Cup, amassing 69 runs in the two games so far, but his major role for the West Indies is with the ball. In his seven ODIs in 2015, Russell has taken 10 wickets at 35.50, with a slightly expensive economy rate of 6.22. Both of those numbers are worse than his career averages, but it's hard to expect him to bowl as well as he did against Pakistan either.
Fantasy AnalysisRussell was part of a lower half that produced the second-most runs (218) in ODI history, but the trio of Lendl Simmons, Darren Sammy, and Russell couldn't make up for the top of the order, as Ireland was able to chase down the Windies' final tally of 304. Prior to the Cup, Russell experienced similar success, including a 30.75 average and 143.02 strike rate in five ODIs versus South Africa. While he also took seven wickets during that series, his 43 overs bowled went for an expensive 6.72 economy rate.