Andre Russell vows to return for full league spell

ANDRE RUSSELL: After his successful spell with Worcestershire in the Friends Life t20 this summer, the West Indian ace is keen to return to New Road.

ANDRE RUSSELL: After his successful spell with Worcestershire in the Friends Life t20 this summer, the West Indian ace is keen to return to New Road.

First published in Sport Worcester News: Photograph of the Author by , @tomguestWN #WENsport

IN his final outing of a fleeting stint as a Worcestershire player, Andre Russell showed a glimpse of his explosive potential.

The West Indian all-rounder, who was the County’s second overseas player for the opening eight games of their hit-and-miss Friends Life t20 campaign, has now returned to warmer climes to represent Jamaica in the Caribbean Premier League.

However, before he left New Road, the big-hitting 25-year-old vowed he would love to come back as Worcestershire’s overseas player in the future — particularly for a full season of county cricket as opposed to a brief t20 cameo.

“I would love to come back to Worcestershire, as long as everything is right,” Russell said after his match-winning swansong of 77 not out from 42 balls against Somerset.

“I’m not really in the West Indies team. Anything can happen. They are a great set of lads at Worcester. They are always fun — win or lose — and that is key in a team.

“When a team are losing and everyone is getting grumpy and not expressing themselves, it can play a big part in losing and continuing to lose.

“But the guys have a good spirit and I just think they can beat any team as long as they put on a good show on the day.

“The lads always keep fighting — playing there was a good experience.

“During the last two weeks of my time at Worcester, I often thought I’d like to play a full season of county cricket. I think it’s a good experience.

“The weather would be a bit of a problem — cold and chilly! But as long as I’m comfortable, having my family here, I know I would be OK.”

Worcestershire’s 2013 FLt20 campaign had already come off the rails before they had chance to threaten the quarter-finals.

However, the five-wicket win over Somerset and the defeat of table-topping Northants offer a glimpse of a bright future.

On his contribution against Somerset, Russell added: “I enjoyed that.

“Chasing 190, I just played my natural game and I finally got the opportunity to go out there and show the world on Sky and on television back home what I can do.

“It had been a while since I got so many runs, in a t20 game, an international or whatever. It was good fun.

“The wicket was still slow and the ball tended to hold up a bit and I missed a few, but that’s how it goes.

“But the faster you bowled, the quicker the ball came onto the bat so it was a good wicket for me to just play my natural game.”

The Graeme Hick Pavilion rocked to a raucous rendition of ‘The Worcester boys are happy’ — the team’s victory song — after the Somerset success, but Russell admitted he could do with a bit more practice on that front.

“I’ve tried hard to learn it,” he joked. “It’s ‘Worcester, yeah, yeah’, I can’t get the words but I’m always joining in! I’m the dancer, fooling around, it was good fun!”

If Russell was to be a regular fixture of the Worcestershire team next term, there’s a good chance he could play a big part in giving his team-mates more opportunities to sing their song.

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11:39am Thu 1 Aug 13

Officer Nordburg says...

I am sure we can do better the lad is an ok slogger which is fine for T20 but he has neither the technique nor the patience to build a innings that is required in 4 day cricket.
I am sure we can do better the lad is an ok slogger which is fine for T20 but he has neither the technique nor the patience to build a innings that is required in 4 day cricket. Officer Nordburg
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