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Published:Monday | August 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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 Russell added for final ODI

Basseterre, St Kitts (CMC):

All-rounder André Russell has been called up to the West Indies squad for the third and final one-day international (ODI) against Bangladesh starting today. Russell's addition pushes the squad to 14 and is the only change to the unit which contested the opening games in Grenada last week.

The 26-year-old is a lively seamer, powerful middle-order batsman and brilliant outfielder. He has played 35 ODIs, the last of which was against New Zealand on the West Indies tour there last January.

The Windies hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series after winning the first game by three wickets and the second by 177 runs.

Today's game will be a day-night contest, bowling off at 2:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. Jamaica time) at Warner Park.

SQUAD: Dwayne Bravo (captain), Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons.

Maragh wins Ballerina Stakes

SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York (CMC):

Jamaican Rajiv Maragh conjured up a dominant stretch run aboard 4-1 chance Artemis Agrotera to win the US$500,000 Grade I Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday.

Going seven furlongs, Maragh and the three-year-old bay filly stalked the leader, La Verdad, along the backstretch, before rallying furiously in the stretch to reach the wire by 6-1/2 lengths in a time of one minute, 21.89 seconds.

Favourite My Miss Aurelia trailed in a distant second, with 4-1 bet Willet finishing third.

"She was pretty dominant today and was much the best," Maragh said.

"I was gearing down inside the 16th pole because she had the race wrapped up and was powering away. I don't think I squeezed the lemon dry; I think she has more to give."

There was disappointment for Maragh in the $1.25 million Grade 1 Travers Stakes, however, when he finished second aboard the exciting Wicked Strong, as 19-1 longshot VE Day got up late to win by a nose.