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Andre Russell keen to showcase his talent against Sri Lanka

Andre Russell keen to showcase his talent against Sri Lanka
Andre Russell will be facing Sri Lanka for the first time in the 50-over format in the upcoming ODI series.
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West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell has urged his teammates to set short term goals when they face Sri Lanka in the three match One-Day International series which kicks-off on 1st November.

In the tour game against Sri Lanka Board President XI, Russell added a 193-run stand for the eighth wicket with Carlos Brathwaite helping West Indies post 318 in their innings.

Russell managed to score a 54-ball 89 while Brathwaite went to score his maiden first class century.

In the bowling department, Russell accounted for the wicket of Kusal Mendis as the Board Presidents XI were restricted to 103 for three in 21 overs when heavy rains lashed in allowing no further play in the game.

West Indies were declared winners by 43 runs (D/L) and Russell hopes such a win can boost the confidence of the team heading into the ODI series.

"It was a typical, stay positive play my shots when it's on.

"It was a tricky situation and we had a lot of overs go.

"Me and Jason (Holder) knew that we could bat and I just told him that we need to stay positive.

"Eventually hard luck to Jason he got run-out. Me and Carlos did the same thing.

"It was a good thing to know that we can post a big partnership like that at the back of the innings. Hopefully we can make it count in the ODIs series."

Just like Brathwaite, Russell believes positive approach towards the game is must in order to put the pressure on the opposition.

"Once I am in, I give myself a chance.

"Will look how the pitch was doing and choose the right balls.

"That's the way I have batted throughout my career. There was no point blocking the ball as we won't get runs."

The 27-year-old further revealed that he had set short term goals for the upcoming limited overs series against Sri Lanka.

"Feeling strong and happy to be back in international cricket with West Indies colours.

"I would love to get few wickets. I have few goals for the series even though it is a short one.

"I want a century and a five-wicket haul in the series.

"Once I get a five-wicket haul or century, West Indies will be on top."

West Indies have recalled the mystery spinner Sunil Narine and the experienced Ravi Rampaul to the limited overs squad which the Jamaican all-rounder believes will add a lot of dimension in their bowling line-up.

"Ravi has a lot of experience and so does Sunil.

"Once these guys can turn up and get the ball in the right areas, we can defend any totals." 

In his career of 50 matches, Russell has never faced Sri Lanka in the 50-over format previously.

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