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KINGSTON, Ja­maica (CMC) — Af­ter miss­ing the T20I se­ries in In­dia due to in­jury, West In­dies all-rounder An­dre Rus­sell says he is work­ing on re­cov­er­ing in time to com­pete in the 2019 Men’s Cricket World Cup in Eng­land.

In an in­ter­view with In­dia To­day, Rus­sell said his knees forced him out of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I did get ther­apy two months ago and I am feel­ing a lot bet­ter at the mo­ment. I have been busy in the gym, get­ting ready and fit for the World Cup,” Rus­sell said.

“It is a big tour­na­ment, in fact the big­gest mo­ment in cricket. I don’t want to sit at home when the World Cup is be­ing played, so just mak­ing sure I am fit and ready to go,” Rus­sell added.

The World Cup is sched­uled to be­gin from May 30, and will be pre­ceded by the In­dian Pre­mier League (IPL) from March 29 to May 19.

Rus­sell said the T20 league will serve as ideal prac­tice for many go­ing into such a big tour­na­ment.

“It (the IPL) is go­ing to be a big tour­na­ment run­ning up to the World Cup, and you can work on your game while in the IPL,” he said.

“You are go­ing to go and play cricket for two months, and on your day off you can lie in bed all day. The IPL is just be­fore the World Cup so you have to do ev­ery­thing to stay fit phys­i­cally and in good con­di­tion, and af­ter the IPL will be the most im­por­tant thing. (I) Want to get wick­ets and get con­fi­dence go­ing into the World Cup,” he added.

Re­gard­ing his time in the IPL, where he plays for Kolkata Knight Riders un­der Di­nesh Karthik, Rus­sell said he is look­ing for­ward to play­ing with his cap­tain again.

“We get along very well. He is pro­fes­sional at what he does. It is good to see what he does be­fore ev­ery match and goes on to the field to be the best he can. [I’m} wait­ing for an ex­cit­ing sea­son with him in the IPL,” Rus­sell said.

Rus­sell was part of the ti­tle-win­ning team with the North­ern War­riors, scor­ing 128 runs from eight games at an av­er­age of 25.60.

He said he per­son­ally en­joys play­ing this for­mat of the game, and be­lieves it has a bright fu­ture.

“The T10 is faster and more in­ter­est­ing. This T10 league has [a] bright fu­ture be­cause peo­ple like to see en­ter­tain­ment, and you can come out and watch not just one game but three games in one day,” Rus­sell said.

“I think the T10 and T20 are the for­mats of cricket that are go­ing to take over. This is my first sea­son, it has been good and I look for­ward to ev­ery game. Bowlers have a chance and bat­ters have a free mind, not to think too much about the game, just play your shots — see ball and hit ball.

“I think this is some­thing that crick­eters are go­ing to en­joy. In T20 cricket peo­ple think about get­ting sin­gles but in T10 cricket, they try to get bound­aries ev­ery ball,” Rus­sell added.

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