Hamstring injury threatens Russell’s Big Bash campaign
SYDNEY, Australia, (CMC): All-rounder AndrÈ Russell’s participation in the Big Bash was left in doubt after he suffered a hamstring injury in Sydney Thunder’s six-wicket victory over Melbourne Stars yesterday. The 29-year-old chased a ball to third man during the Stars’ innings, but pulled up metres before the boundary ropes, dropping to the ground and clutching his left hamstring. He was stretchered from the field and the Thunder franchise confirmed afterwards that the player had suffered a hamstring injury and would undergo scans to determine the extent of the damage. Russell was already set to undergo scans following the game to deal with a troublesome knee injury which has plagued him in recent games. He is the third West Indies star to be struck down by injury during the tournament. Last week, women’s all-rounder Deandra Dottin suffered multiple fractures of her cheekbone in an on-field collision with Brisbane Heat teammate Laura Harris and was forced to undergo surgery. A few days later, Dwayne Bravo sustained a serious hamstring injury while playing for Melbourne Renegades, attempting to pull off a save on the boundary. Jamaican Russell is the Thunder’s marquee player, but he is yet to produce a meaningful performance in the tournament as the reigning champions have struggled. In fact, yesterday’s win was Thunder’s first of the new tournament, breaking a four-game losing streak. Russell was restricted to a single over, which cost 10 runs, as Stars reached 166 for eight off 20 overs, with Englishman Kevin Pietersen top-scoring with 60 from 37 balls. England star Eoin Morgan then slammed an unbeaten 71 off 50 balls to propel Thunder to victory off the last ball of the innings. Requiring 15 runs off the final over, Morgan carted the final delivery down the ground for six, with four needed for victory.