Andre Russell is part of the West Indian all-rounder cartel that is sweeping international cricket at the moment. The Jamaican is more damaging as a fast bowler, but he has shown on more than one occasion that he can be every bit as lethal with the bat in hand.
Russell made his international debut in 2010 against Sri Lanka. The newcomer was able to relax for the first two days as Chris Gayle dismantled the Sri Lankans to all parts of the ground on his way to 333. Russell eventually came in with Ajantha Mendis on a hat-trick, and fell two balls later for a duck. He enjoyed more success with the ball, removing the dangerous Dilshan also for a duck. Interestingly, Russell has not featured in a Test match since.
His efforts for the West Indies A side led to his selection in the 2011 World Cup squad. His 61 off 34 and 6/42 with the ball made him an easy choice for the tournament set to kick off in the sub-Continent.
The tournament was not one to remember for the Windies who struggled to build any momentum. Russell did make his ODI debut against Ireland, where he took the match winning wicket of Ed Joyce. He also took 4/49 which nearly led to a shock win over the mighty English.
With a host of other talented all-rounders pushing for selection, Russell needed a consistent run of matches to prove himself on the international stage. Thankfully for him, it came in 2011 against India. Making his return to the side for the third match, Russell smashed his way to a career best 92* from 64 balls, including five towering sixes. His all-round skills were highlighted in the next game when he smashed a quick fire 25, and then took 3/16 from seven tight overs. Russell capped off the superb series with a career best 4/35 in Kingston.
Russell has managed to resurrect his ODI career with a string of solid performances. His batting average is over 30, while he has taken 39 wickets from 30 appearances. However, his international T20 form has been less than impressive; especially with the ball. The bowling all-rounder has managed one wicket in his 12 matches with an economy of 10.47. He had a disappointing Caribbean T20 League, although he can take solace from his 4/20 and 20* against Guyana in the group stage.