Cricket

Windies can win CWC: Russell

2015-01-26 11:41
Andre Russell. (Duif du Toit, Gallo Images)

Port Elizabeth - West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell believes his side has the firepower to win the Cricket World Cup next month.

"This just goes to show that West Indies can defeat big teams," said Russell, after his match-winning exploits with the bat at St George's Park against South Africa on Sunday.

"We have to use the resources we have now, we just have to go and win the World Cup."

Russell was at his belligerent-best in his knock of 64 from 40 balls to help his side to a one-wicket win over the Proteas with nine balls to spare chasing 263 in the fourth One Day International in Port Elizabeth.

With the win, the sides head to Centurion for the final match of the series on Wednesday with the scoreline 3-1 in favour of the Proteas.

Having finally notched up the win against one of the World Cup favourites, the West Indies could indeed be a dark horse for the showpiece event, starting next month in Australia and New Zealand said Russell.

"I'm not thinking about going to compete, I'm thinking about going to win the World Cup, just like South Africa, or Australia or any of those teams.

"We have the team that can still win the World Cup."

Russell paid tribute to the efforts of Darren Sammy (51), and Marlon Samuels (68), for the foundation they laid with their 93-run stand for the sixth wicket.

"They really set the game up, and even the guys at the bottom came out and applied themselves and rotated the strike."

The West Indies had been expected to go down 4-0 in the fourth match, but Russell said his side were eager to prove their critics wrong.

"This was very important because every win is special. It's international cricket and you're playing against South Africa. Everyone was expecting us to keep losing, and South Africa to turn up and win all five games.

"That's why I haven't had a beer in like a month now, and I'm going to have a beer tonight because this is special."

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