Fri | Dec 9, 2016

Russell explains improved bowling speed

Published:Friday | January 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM

South Africa, (CMC):

West Indies all-rounder André Russell says strength training and late-night cardiovascular exercises from YouTube videos have formed an important part of his training routines and are responsible for improvements in his bowling speed.

The 26-year-old Jamaican cricketer has improved his speed and accuracy with the ball, and has shown good all-round form in the local league in South Africa recently.

Russell will suit up for West Indies against South Africa in the upcoming three-match T20 International Series which starts today.

Strength work

"I have been doing a lot of strength work. I am always doing strength work, but I have been having a lot of chat with experience guys who have been playing the game for a while just to strengthen the most important areas," said Russell.

"I have been doing a lot of core work in my room like late nights. If I can't sleep, I just sacrifice the time to do all of those things".

Russell is one of four players on the West Indies T20 squad who played in South Africa a little less than a month ago, in the domestic twenty-over tournament.

The others are Chris Gayle, André Russell and Kieron Pollard, and their presence along with captain Darren Sammy set the visitors up as the favourites against the Proteas.

Abdominal workout

"I watch some 10-minute, 15-minute abdominal workout sessions on YouTube," said Russell, an athletic fielder with a good throwing arm.

The West Indies, known to be better at playing the T20 format as opposed to Test, will be attempting to avenge a two-nil defeat to South Africa in the test series.

Russell believes he has an important role to play in the T20 series and says he is reader to deliver with both bat and ball.

"I am just going to be André Russell, put a 100 per cent out on the field, and then when I get my chance to bowl, I come, do the simple things, get the job done, then contribute big with the bat, as usual," he said.