Cape Town - Andre Russell is 'hungry' to perform
well for the West Indies at the Cricket World Cup in England and Wales after being handed a
place in the squad.
The 30-year-old big-hitting all-rounder has not featured for his
nation in an ODI since November 2015, but his impressive form in the
ongoing Indian Premier League with Kolkata Knight Riders has resulted in
And, when asked about his selection, Russell told reporters: "I've
been doing well, I've been back and forth with the selectors and the
coaches back home.
"I know once I'm doing my work here and performing, that will lead to national duties.
"I wasn't really focused on the World Cup. I was just trying to make
sure that whatever happened here, I did my best and put my best foot
The Jamaican added: "The last time I joined the West Indies team was
recently, when I had taken two injections to better my knee and it
flared up again.
"I was so upset. I was watching the game against England and couldn't do anything about it.
"But as I said, I'm so hungry right now to represent the West Indies
and smash sixes and do what I've been doing here and score hundreds."
West Indies get their World Cup campaign underway on May 31 with a game against Pakistan at Trent Bridge.
West Indies squad:
Jason Holder (captain), Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite,
Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach,
Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon
Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer