All-rounder Andre Russell has been replaced in West Indies’ 15-man squad for the remainder of the Cricket World Cup after failing to overcome a left knee injury that curtailed his bowling.
The International Cricket Council says it approved Sunil Ambris, a 26-year-old top-order batsman, as a replacement for Russell.
Russell played an important role at the start of the West Indies’ campaign, taking two wickets in the opening win over Pakistan and another two against Australia. The West Indies pace bowlers had Australia in deep trouble before letting the defending champion off the hook.
He bowled only two overs in the loss to England in Southampton before limping off the field, and struggled in six overs that returned 1-42 as Bangladesh chased down 322 to win their head-to-head in Taunton.
Russell, who can have an imposing presence with bat and ball, missed the five-run loss to New Zealand in Manchester on Saturday and — with West Indies needing to win its last three group games to have a chance of reaching the semifinals — has been finally replaced in the squad.