ICC World Cup 2019: Holder confirms all-rounder to miss New Zealand game

By Chaitanya Laxman

Windies skipper Jason Holder has confirmed that all-rounder Andre Russell will miss the match against New Zealand in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. The all-rounder is facing injury issues and hasn’t regained fitness yet.

Holder confirms Russell’s absence for the New Zealand match

Holder was speaking with the media ahead of the match against New Zealand when he shed light on Russell’s injury. Holder said that he doesn’t think Russell is fit enough to go tomorrow

Holder explained that they have still got a few niggles within the group and they are trying to manage niggles the best they possibly can.

He confirmed that one guy who probably may be definitely out tomorrow is Russell but everybody else should be good to go.

The Windies skipper explained that Russell’s  situation is that he’s got a chronic injury and some days are better than others. Holder feels that Russell probably just hasn’t pulled up as how he would like for this game. And he doesn’t think it’s a situation where he’s going to get through the game tomorrow.

Russell’s absence a worry for Windies

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Andre Russell is a key player for Windies especially after his sensational performance in the IPL 2019. Russell batted at an incredible strike-rate of 204.8 in the tournament and averaged 56.7.

However he hasn’t been able to replicate the same magic in the World Cup so far. In three innings he has scored only 36 runs. But with the ball, he has done some damage and has picked five wickets in four innings.

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Windies squad for ICC World Cup 2019:

Windies have played five matches so far in the World Cup and have lost three. Their only win came against Pakistan and now they face the challenge of New Zealand in their next match.

Windies squad:

Jason Holder (c), Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Fabien Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Ashley Nurse

Chaitanya Laxman

Smitten by cricket, green mountains, and written words, Chaitanya is engrossed with cricket stats and analysis. But cricket commentary is what he savors the most.