Sydney Thunder's star player Andre Russell’s is not going to play any further matches in this season of KFC Big Bash league and he will be replaced by West Indies T20 skipper, Carlos Brathwaite for the remaining BBL 2016-17.
Russell has injured his left hamstring during the match against the Melbourne Stars and on Thursday, the team management has revealed that the allrounder for at least 4-6 weeks.However, Russell was having the niggle since the Thunder’s loss to the Perth Scorchers on Sunday.
Sydney Thunder Physiotherapist Murray Ryan said, “Andre has been playing with long-standing tendinitis of the right knee, that flared up in the opening rounds for the BBL. This was investigated via MRI following the Perth Scorchers game and several interventions implemented to assist his symptoms and allow him to continue playing."
He further explained, “Unfortunately Andre's playing fitness has been compounded further by an injury to his left hamstring - the extent of this injury to be confirmed further via scans in Sydney tomorrow, however, initial signs suggest a minimum 4-6 week recovery.”
Brathwaite has become one of the most talked about T20 cricketers in the world after his last over heroics in the World T20 Final against England at the Eden Gardens. He went on to hit four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes to help his team to reach to the winning side of the line and clinch the title.
Talking about Carlos, Thunder coach Paddy Upton said, “Carlos is dedicated to learning and advancing his game. With both bat and ball, he’s a very skilled T20 cricketer. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him for a season in the IPL and he really is the highest quality individual. He’s a top quality cricketer and person, which ticks the two big boxes when it comes to Thunder recruiting players.”
The Sydney Thunder team management still didn't conformed about the availabilty of Brathwaite for their next match against Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena on Sunday.