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Russell targets World Cup spot

Published:Monday | January 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM

 Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica all-rounder Andre Russell says he is anxious to get back on the field of play, after he was recently called up by West Indies for their upcoming Twenty20 International series against New Zealand, starting this week.

Russell, who departed the country at the weekend, is one of three players who will make their way to the South Pacific country for the two-match series.

The others are Windward Islands batsman Andre Fletcher, and Trinidadian leg-spinner Samuel Badree.

"It feels good to get back in the West Indies set-up," Russell said.

"I have been working hard on my game and I am anxious to get back on the field in West Indies colours and do my best again."

Russell, who last represented West Indies in March last year against touring Zimbabwe, is also hoping to use the series to solidify a spot in West Indies' squad for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20.

The World Twenty20, which will be held in Bangladesh between March and April, will see the West Indies looking to retain the title.

"One of the aim is to try and make use of this opportunity, as the World Cup is just around the corner," Russell explained.

"It is a good opportunity to cement a place in the World Cup team and trying to win it for the second time in a row."

The 25-year-old, who has a one-day international average of 30.00 from 34 appearances, last represented the region during the West Indies 'A' team's tour of India last September.

Russell also has a Twenty20 International strike rate of 120.89, which has seen him land several club Twenty20 contracts worldwide.

These include representations for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, Worcestershire in England Friends Provident Twenty20, Sylhet Royals in the Bangladesh Premier League and Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League.

The New Zealand Twenty20s series, which will follow the ongoing five-match one-day series, is set to bowl off on Saturday at Eden Park.

The second match, in the meantime, will be held next Wednesday at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.