June 1, 2019 / 5:03 AM / 2 months ago

West Indies' Russell confident to be fit for Australia match

(Reuters) - West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell says he is confident of recovering from a knee problem in time for his side’s second Cricket World Cup match against Australia on Thursday.

Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - West Indies v Pakistan - Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Britain - May 31, 2019 West Indies' Andre Russell in action Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Russell limped off at Nottingham after a hostile spell of fast bowling during which he took two wickets for four runs in three overs against Pakistan.

He was not required to bat as West Indies cantered to victory in under 14 overs with the loss of three wickets.

“I’ve been playing for years with these knee injuries,” Russell told reporters.

“And sometimes it feels worse than some days but, at the end of the day, I’m a professional. I know what to do to get back. I think I have five days before the next game so that is more than enough time to get my knee back to normal and get it settled.

“Let’s just see what happens. I have a good physio team, massage team, here so they’re going to be working with me closely for the next couple of days.”

Russell removed opener Fakhar Zaman with a brutal bouncer that hit the batsman’s helmet and crashed into the stumps, and soon after had Haris Sohail caught behind with another vicious delivery.

The 31-year-old is renowned for his six-hitting capability and is considered a genuine match-winner for Jason Holder’s team at the World Cup in England.

“I want to make sure that my knee is 100 percent or if it’s not 100, 80%. I’m still ready to bowl,” he said.

“I’m ready, this is the World Cup. So I don’t mind resting for a month or two months after the World Cup but I want to leave everything here for the World Cup.”

Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Peter Rutherford

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