Rus­sell’s prom­ise

More of the same on Tues­day at Sabina Park

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Akino Ming Staff Reporter

AF­TER HIS su­per­hu­man ef­fort at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago that pulled his Ja­maica Tallawahs from the jaws of de­feat against the Trin­bago Knight Rid­ers two days ago, An­dre Rus­sell is promis­ing much of the same when his side takes on the St Lu­cia Stars at Sabina Park on Tues­day evening. Rus­sell hit a Caribbean Pre­mier League (CPL) record 13 sixes in his 121 not out to pro­pel the Ja­maica-based team to a four-wicket win af­ter the Knight Rid­ers had amassed a record 223 runs tar­get. “I want the fans to come out on Tues­day be­cause I know they would love to see some­thing like what hap­pened last night (Fri­day night) live and in per­son,” Rus­sell said yes­ter­day at the Nor­man Manley In­ter­na­tional Air­port af­ter the Tallawahs re­turned home.

“Once they come out and give us the sup­port that we want, any­thing is pos­si­ble be­cause great per­for­mances hap­pen when you have your home crowd in your cor­ner sup­port­ing you when­ever you hit a six or four or when­ever you get a wicket.”

Rus­sell, who had taken a hat-trick at the back end of the Trin­bago in­nings, be­came the sec­ond man in T20 his­tory to make a cen­tury and take a hat­trick in the same match. English­man Joe Denly achieved the feat ear­lier this year in the Vi­tal­ity Blast, the English do­mes­tic T20 com­pe­ti­tion.

“I have al­ways heard peo­ple say that I am one of the best all-rounders in the world, so I was comfortable with that al­ready. It is not for me to say that I am the best all-rounder in the world now. I am just try­ing to do my best ev­ery time I step out on the pitch,” Rus­sell said.

But be­fore Rus­sell got go­ing, he ad­mit­ted that the task seemed daunt­ing when the Tallawahs were re­duced to 41 for 5.

“As the cap­tain, I tried to stay pos­i­tive, but I had a lit­tle doubt. I knew what I was ca­pable of do­ing, so I wasn’t that wor­ried. I be­lieved, and once you be­lieve, then any­thing can hap­pen,” Rus­sell said. He con­tin­ued: “I am ex­pect­ing a much bet­ter per­for­mance with the ball on Tues­day be­cause as you could see, it was a bat­ting paradise as I went for 38 runs. Sabina should be a bet­ter wicket to bowl on, and I have a lot of con­fi­dence in this bowl­ing at­tack.”

Af­ter the Tallawahs face the St Lu­cia Stars on Tues­day, they will bat­tle the St Kitts Pa­tri­ots and Chris Gayle, who led them to two ti­tles, in their fi­nal game at home this sea­son on Wed­nes­day night.

KENYON HEMANS/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Ja­maica Tallawahs cap­tain An­dre Rus­sell at the Nor­man Manley In­ter­na­tional Air­port yes­ter­day af­ter fly­ing from Port-of-Spain in Trinidad.

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