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Andre Russell ruled out of Big Bash League 2016-17

Andre Russell failed to create an impact in this season's BBL
Andre Russell failed to create an impact in this season's BBL
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West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell will miss the remaining of the Big Bash League season for Sydney Thunder with a hamstring injury.

The 28-year-old, who was not at his full fitness in the tournament, suffered the blow during Sydney Thunder's thrilling last ball victory over Melbourne Stars on Wednesday in an attempt to prevent a boundary and was stretchered off the field.

Despite, him not returning back in the game, Thunder went on to register their first win of the tournament with Eoin Morgan scoring an unbeaten 71 including a last-ball six to take the team home.

Sydney Thunder Physiotherapist Murray Ryan confirmed the news and further revealed that Russell will undergo a scan in Sydney on Friday.

“Andre has been playing with long standing tendinitis of the right knee, that flared up in the opening rounds for the BBL,” said Ryan.

“This was investigated via MRI following the Perth Scorchers game and several interventions implemented to assist his symptoms and allow him to continue playing.

“Unfortunately Andre's playing fitness has been compounded further by an injury to his left hamstring - the extent of this injury to be confirmed further via scans in Sydney tomorrow, however initial signs suggest a minimum 4-6 week recovery.”

Meanwhile, Sydney Thunder have secured the services of hard hitting all-rounder and West Indies Twenty20 International captain Carlos Brathwaite as a replacement for Russell.

Also, Morgan will be leaving to India for the limited overs series with his replacement James Vince set to make his debut in the Big Bash League against Hobart Hurricanes on Sunday.

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