Andre Russell, who last played an ODI in July 2018, has been named in West Indies’ 15-man preliminary squad for the 2019 World Cup. Russell, 30, has been in sublime hitting form in the ongoing Indian Premier League, with 392 runs in nine matches at a strike-rate of 218.
Darren Bravo, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer make up the middle-order. The squad is loaded with all-rounders like Russell, Holder, Carlos Brathwaite and Fabian Allen, who bowls spin. Pollard showed glimpses of form in the IPL games against Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad but overall has struggled to find consistency. With him not bowling, the selectors preferred other all-rounders.
“Based on the new selection policy approach which allowed us to consider a number of players that have not regularly appeared in the side over the last two years, we had a wide base of talent from which to choose,” Haynes said. “There were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15, including ensuring there was some continuity in the side, but we believe we have chosen a strong squad of players taking into consideration such factors as experience, fitness, team balance, current form and conditions.”