Andre Russell hoping to regain spot in national team

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Russell remains confident about his chances of regaining his spot in the national team

West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has not donned the Test whites or maroon shirt for his country since March this year, but after an explosive Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season with the Jamaica Tallawahs, where he scored 203 runs at an incredible average of 50.75, the 25-year-old believes he has sent a strong message to the national selectors about regaining his spot in the national team.

“I’ve been working hard on my batting and bowling so I am not really surprised by form at the moment,” Russell said. “I’m bowling good yorkers, I’m hitting the ball cleanly and I’m waiting for my type of balls to dispatch so I’m happy.”

Russell, who last represented the West Indies during their home series against Zimbabwe, noted that his outstanding performances throughout the CPL showed just how determined he was to regain his spot and how much he had worked on and improved his game since being dropped.

“I’m feeling good,” he added. “I got dropped from the West Indies team but I know what I have to do and I know how important it is for me to work harder than everyone else.

“As an all-rounder you have to be extra fit. I’ve been doing a lot of work. I’ve played in England for Worcestershire and I’ve been doing a lot of running and stuff like that. Getting dropped made me stronger. I went back in the nets. I have my own training facility at home with a bowling machine so I made use of that. I know what I have to work on and I spent extra time working on those things.

“I know what it is to play international cricket and I know what it takes to stay there. I’ve been dropped but when I return to the West Indies team I think I will be a better player.”

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