Russell excited and ready for challenge
KHULNA, Bangladesh – Andre Russell said he was looking forward to the five One-day Internationals and the Twenty20 International on the West Indies’ tour of Bangladesh.
The fast bowling all-rounder is one of six players shipped in to help form the limited-overs side for the series.
“The confidence from winning the Test series will motivate us to do well,” he said. “We hope to have a good start, winning the first one or two, and get the momentum going for the rest of the series.
“It is going to be a different environment, different type of pitches, so we will be looking to get used to this surface as soon as possible, particularly the players that have come in to the limited-overs squad, so we are looking forward to the practice match [on Wednesday against the BCB XI].”
He added: “For me, I went back home after the ICC World Twenty20 Tournament and had a few weeks off. It wasn’t a holiday. I trained and so I am ready to go.
“I've played in Bangladesh before. I have played in the Bangladesh Premier League. But I have never played at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, it’s my first time at this ground, so I’m looking forward for a good start to the series here.”
Russell said he felt the limited-overs squad was well-balanced and there were players capable of performing in any conditions.
“A well-balanced side is always important in any format of the game,” he said. “More all-rounders mean more options, so I think the limited-overs side is looking very good on paper and we will have to go out there and get the job done.”
Russell said though he still had ambitions of playing Tests for West Indies, he was focussed on giving his all for the limited-overs side.
“Most of my games for West Indies have been ODIs and T20Is, so I just think that once I apply myself and continue to do what I have been doing so far for the team, I can’t go wrong,” he said.
“We have a number of good players, but if any day they don’t get it right, the captain can call me.”