Russell speaks out!

December 16, 2015

SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):

West Indies allrounder Andre Russell has defended his status as a T20 gun for hire, saying he should not be denied the right to secure financial gains from the game.

Russell, a member of the Sydney Thunder in the Australian Big Bash, is considered one of the more active players on the international Twenty20 circuit.

The Big Bash will be his fifth domestic Twenty20 competition after tournaments in India, Bangladesh the Caribbean and elsewhere.

"As a professional you have to think about living after cricket," said Russell who has played one Test but says he is no longer available because his knees cannot withstand the rigours of the longer format.

"You can't go into a supermarket and say ... I used to play for West Indies, I had 10 half-centuries, 15 hundreds, you can't get groceries like that - you have to live. You can't be begging on the road, you can't live off your stats."

The Jamaican cricketer says he is hurt by media criticism of the West Indies team following their innings and 212 run defeat to Australia in the opening Test.

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