County news May 25, 2013

Worcs replace injured Oram with Russell

ESPNcricinfo staff

Worcestershire have been forced into a rejig of their plans for the Friends Life t20 after Jacob Oram became unavailable with a hernia. West Indian Andre Russell will replace him.

Oram, the 34-year-old former New Zealand allrounder, was Worcestershire's initial signing as second overseas player, alongside Sri Lankan Thilan Samaraweera, but he now needs hernia surgery and is unable to fulfil his commitments.

"I'm extremely disappointed to miss out on the opportunity to represent Worcestershire," Oram said. "I have never played county cricket before so I was really looking forward to the experience. Hopefully I can fulfil my ambition next season, but for this season I wish Steve Rhodes and Worcestershire all the best."

Russell, 25 from Jamaica, will join Worcestershire for the first nine Flt20 matches. He scores his runs at a strike-rate of 148.87, is a fine fielder and is currently playing for Delhi in the IPL. He was part of the West Indies side that won the World T20 in 2012.

"Having previously experienced some time at Worcestershire practicing with the squad I am very much looking forward to playing in their t20 competition," Russell said. "I have always wanted to play county cricket and I am excited about being involved in such a professional and friendly environment."

Director of cricket Steve Rhodes said Russell's signing had softened the blow of losing Oram. "Andre is a high class international allrounder. He has ability with the bat, ball and in the field and if he connects with the middle of his bat there are few grounds big enough. He will add firepower and excitement to our campaign."

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  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Russell's good performances seems to be only a few because of inadequate oppurtunities. check the odi stats, after less than fifty matches he has more four fors than almost all current players. In fact he has the highest batting strike rate, lowest bowling strike rate and is only second to Narine in average for those playing fifteen matches or more. All this while as some say....his performances are tapering off. Imagine more 4fers than Bravo at a better strike rate and average in less than 40 matches vs. over 150

  • charlie on May 27, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Good for you Russell ! I hope that you are able to improve on your overall game , bowling especially ,for I really think that there is too much stagnant talent in the WI camp which should be allowed the opportunity to earn a living elsewhere while improving their respective game .

  • o on May 27, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    This is a good signing for Worcs Andre didn't get much of a shot in this yrs IPL so will be extra eager to perform. I think they need to back his batting like Somerset did Pollard and play him as a floater give him confidence to go out and play his shots he has shown he has the ability to be as deadly as any with the bat watching a few of his innings on youtube will show you his eye and bat speed are second to none hopefully the coaching and professionalism of County cricket will also help him take his game to the next level.

  • Adam on May 27, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Russell has great potential & county cricket should be great experience for him. He's that rare animal whose best performances have all been in the 50-over format.

  • Orayne on May 26, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    The thing about Russel is that he hardly gets the chance to really bat as he normally comes down the order. He is quite an athlete though but his bowling has tapered off and needs much work now. Good luck though!

  • wayne on May 26, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Also a WI fan & much better investment Kevin Cooper

  • Lance on May 25, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    @Riddymon. Sometimes people are signed for potential and not necessarily past performances; he's a good athlete as well which is useful in T20. Having said that, there have been a couple of good performances by Russell but they have been too few and far between.

  • Dennis on May 25, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    I'm a Windies fan through and through but am yet to find the appeal of Russell. Yes he's a good fielder but outside of that he's normally expensive with the ball and rarely does anything useful with the bat. Maybe other people see something I don't..

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