Russell receives ODI call-up
The West Indies have confirmed Andre Russell has been added to their squad for the last two ODIs against England.
Kemar Roach picked up a back injury ahead of the first ODI, which England won by six wickets, and remains sidelined so the Windies have called up a replacement.
Russell, who last played in an ODI back in July 2018, will now be available for the last two one-day matches and he will be hoping to reach a milestone before the end of the series, with the 30-year-old just two runs short of reaching 1,000 runs in the format.
Confirming the call-up, chairman of Cricket Windies selection panel Courtney Browne revealed Russell is unlikely to bowl many overs if selected due to an ongoing knee problem.
"We believe Russell will add value to the squad," he said. "We are well aware that although Andre's bowling may be limited due to a knee problem, his tremendous batting ability to power the ball in the back end of the game will be an asset to the team."
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