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West Indies star ready to take T20 chance

LOOKING FORWARD: Andre Rusell (left) gets some tips from West Indies coach Ottis Gibson

WEST INDIES all-rounder Andre Russell is set to play in this season's Friends Life t20 competition. Worcestershire have been forced to reconfigure their plans after Jcob Oram became unavailable with a hernia problem.

Russell will join Worcestershire for the first nine Flt20 matches. The Jamaica-born player scores his runs at a strike-rate of 148.87, is a brilliant fielder and is currently playing for Delhi in the IPL. He was part of the West Indies side that won the World T20 in 2012.

"Having previously experienced some time at Worcestershire practicing with the squad I am very much looking forward to playing in their t20 competition," Russell said.

"I have always wanted to play county cricket and I am excited about being involved in such a professional and friendly environment."

Meanwhile Oram admitted: "I'm extremely disappointed to miss out on the opportunity to represent Worcestershire. I have never played county cricket before so I was really looking forward to the experience.

"Hopefully I can fulfil my ambition next season, but for this season I wish Steve Rhodes and Worcestershire all the best."

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