• ‘Strong soldier’ Russell fit to face Proteas

    Bowling coach Roddy Estwick has confirmed that all-rounder Andre Russell will be able to play against South Africa in Monday’s World Cup match at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

    Russell’s participation was in doubt due to a knee injury sustained during extended bowling spells against Australia earlier in the tournament. He bowled eight overs against the Aussies – and just three versus Pakistan prior.

    ‘Andre will be fine. Andre is a warrior, he is a soldier. He’s a strong man mentally, and he will be up for the game. He’s been really good for us. When we sat down and had our plans, we didn’t expect him to bowl as much as he’s been doing, but he’s been brilliant, so no problems at all with Andre,’ said Estwick.

    The men from the Caribbean will face a Proteas unit smarting from three consecutive defeats – against England, Bangladesh and India – and on the brink of being removed from contention for a berth in the semi-finals.

    ‘We are playing our way, we are not looking at other teams. We are playing what works for us. We are playing the West Indian way. We are playing a brand of aggressive cricket with a smile on our face. And if that will take us to the success that we are looking at, then that is very, very important,’ added Estwick.

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