JAMAICAN superstar cricketer Andre Russell is optimistic he will be fit in time for the 2019 ICC 50-over World Cup despite the latest knee injury setback delaying his West Indies return.

“I couldn’t get to take part in the series for West Indies, so I’m just trying to put everything together [recover],” he said during an interview yesterday after only returning to the island late on Monday.

“I’m looking forward to that [the Cricket World Cup] and that’s why I want to make sure I’m back to fitness as soon as possible,” the 30-year-old all-rounder told the Jamaica Observer.

“The way the guys are playing and how they are actually gelling together as a unit — it’s been a while I’ve been in a West Indies team and got that feeling. Win or lose the guys [rally] around each other and enjoy each other’s success. I just think that’s how we are going to compete and do well in the World Cup,” he continued.

The 50-over cricket showpiece is set for May to July in England and Wales.

Russell, who had been engaged in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), was named in the West Indies squad for the latter part of the One-Day International (ODI) series against touring England.

To the bewilderment of fans around the world, Russell sat on the sidelines as resurgent West Indies ended 2-2 against the Englishmen.



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