Russell returns to ODI group for Bangladesh series

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The West Indies still on a high from their 2-0 Test series win will turn their attention to the remaining 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is against Bangladesh.

With less than a year before the 2019 Cricket World Cup (May 30 to July 14) Head Coach, Stuart Law has his eyes fixed on gaining momentum heading towards the tournament. But before that Coach is clear on the team’s mandate.

Andre Russell returns to the ODI squad having found fine form in the shortest format since returning from his twelve month ban.

Law said: “This is the start of our prep for 2019 CWC. Opportunities for players to stake a claim to be included in the squad. Great to have Dre Russ back as well. His explosive power and energy will breathe life into an already motivated squad.”

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Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne noted: “As we continue to prepare, there are only 16 ODIs leading up to the tournament. The panel will focus on giving opportunities from time to time to players that we believe can add value to the ODI team.”

Kemar Roach has been rested after sustaining an injury in the first Test against Bangladesh as he picked up a five wicket haul.

Browne said: “Kemar Roach will be rested for the upcoming series as we continue to manage players’ work load. With the Super50 Championship set for October this year, we will also have an opportunity for regional players to perform heavily and place themselves in line to be considered for selection. The panel wishes Jason and his team every success in the upcoming series against Bangladesh.”

The 1st ODI is set for Guyana on Sunday, July 22 at 9:30 am local time (13:30 GMT).

The 13-man squad reads:

Jason Holder – Captain
Devendra Bishoo
Chris Gayle
Shimron Hetmyer
Shai Hope
Alzarri Joseph
Evin Lewis
Jason Mohammed
Ashley Nurse
Keemo Paul
Kieran Powell
Rovman Powell
Andre Russell