The defending champions, West Indies, were still waiting on all-rounder Andre Russell’s fitness status before their T20 World Cup opener against England in Dubai on Saturday.
Andre Russell has been recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders,
led by England captain Eoin Morgan, in the Indian Premier League.
Russell, 33, did not bat or bowl in the West Indies’ seven-wicket warm-up loss to Pakistan on Monday,
but he managed to take 1-13 in two overs and scored 11 off 16 balls in their second and final practice match against Afghanistan on Wednesday.
Kieron Pollard said,
“He (Russell) played in that warm-up game a couple days ago,
and it was just like a trial for him because he hadn’t played a cricket match in about three weeks, three to four weeks.”
“Let’s see what transpires in this last (training) session.”
West Indies beat England in a thrilling final when the tournament was last held five years ago in 2016.
Carlos Brathwaite hit four sixes in a row off Ben Stokes in the final over in Kolkata to give West Indies the trophy.However, both all-rounders will be absent from Saturday’s contest.
“In terms of having a bearing (on Saturday’s match),
I don’t think so, but it’s definitely going to be in the back of their (England’s) minds,” said Pollard.
He further added,
“I thought what Carlos did in those four deliveries in that last over, it’s unbelievable. It’s something that as a team we actually saw last night, and it brought goosebumps back to us.
“For us to be in that situation and get over the line, it shows that sort of never-say-die attitude. We as a team, we look forward to trying to replicate winning the entire tournament, but those sort of moments sort of stick with us.”