Russell hails out of form Gayle
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (CMC):
Talisman Chris Gayle may be finding runs hard to come by but teammate AndrÈ Russell says just his presence in the squad is having a great impact on team morale.
The left-handed opener has been enduring a dismal run, with just 43 runs from four innings - including three single-digit scores - since arriving at the ICC Cricket World Cup.
His latest failure came in the West Indies win against Pakistan yesterday when he scratched around for 14 deliveries over four before top-edging a swing at seamer Mohammed Irfan to long leg to fall in the fifth over.
"From the warm-up games Chris has been struggling and we're still scoring 300 runs and he's not giving us those big performances, even Marlon Samuels who is one of our main batters as well," Russell pointed out.
"So, I just think when these guys peak at the right time, West Indies has the ability to score over 350. They have been good in the dressing room ... the way they keep motivating the team and the team spirit is very good.
"Chris is not moody. Chris is just an amazing guy that you share the changing room with. Even now he's not scoring and he's not miserable, he's not grumpy. He's happy, he's laughing, and he's cheering everyone on the field, and that's what we want from a big guy like him, so it's very good."
"[The mood] is very good in the dressing room. We needed this win after that defeat against Ireland," said Russell, who grabbed the Man of the Match award for an all-round performance which included a three-wicket haul.