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Andre Russell:The unique enigma who cannot be indulged any longer

Andre Dwayne Russell  is a Jamaican professional cricketer. Russell plays internationally for the West Indies and for Jamaica in West Indian domestic cricket as an all-rounder. He has played in over 300 Twenty20 matches for a range of sides in leagues throughout the world.Widely regarded as one of the most powerful strikers of the ball in limited-overs cricket, Russell scored a century in a record 40 balls in the 2018 Caribbean Premier League and took a hat-trick in the same match,becoming the second player to take a hat-trick and score a century in the same Twenty20 match.In 2010 he played at Barnards Green Cricket Club in Worcestershire, England, helping them secure promotion from Worcestershire Cricket League into Birmingham League cricket.On 21 September 2013, in a match against India A he became the first bowler in T20 cricket to take four wickets in successive deliveries.

A fast bowling all-rounder, Russell made his Test cricket debut against Sri Lanka in November 2010.This is the only Test match of his career.He made his One Day International (ODI) debut in the 2011 Cricket World Cup match against Ireland at Mohali. After a poor home series against Pakistan, he made his mark against in the ODI series against India. After being dropped from the first two ODIs, he scored 92 not out off 64 balls in the 3rd ODI after coming to the crease at 96/7. In the 5th ODI at Sabina Park in Kingston, he was named the Player of the Match as he took 4/35 (from 8.3 overs) to dismiss India for 251 in 47.1 overs.In April 2019, he was named in the West Indies’ squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.In the West Indies match against Australia, Russell became the quickest batsman, in terms of balls faced, to score 1,000 run in ODIs, facing only 767 deliveries.

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