Russell out of England T20Is, Holder appointed captain
Andre Russell has been ruled out, while Jason Holder replaced Carlos Brathwaite as West Indies' T20I captain. (AFP Image)

West Indies will be without Andre Russell for the three T20Is against England after the allrounder was not considered fit enough for the leg following an assessment by the medical team. Russell was picked for the fourth and final ODI of the series, having played for the West Indies in July 2018, but did not get to play in either game.

“A CWI medical panel outlined that Andre Russell has been withdrawn from the squad, due to an adverse reaction he had to a medical procedure done in Dubai before he flew to the Caribbean,” Cricket West Indies said in a statement.

West Indies have retained the same squad barring Russell, with the other notable change being the appointment of Jason Holder as captain ahead of Carlos Brathwaite. The change is guard is likely to do with West Indies’ resurrection this year following a forgettable 2018. Under Holder, they won the Wisden Trophy 2-1, drew the ODI series 2-2 and expect to continue the winning spree in the T20Is, the first of which takes place in St. Lucia on Tuesday. Holder, however, hasn’t played a T20I since April 2017 and that may be a bit of a concern.

“After discussion with the coach surrounding preparation for the World Cup, it was proposed that we retain the ODI squad to play the T20 matches against England,” chairman of selectors Courtney Browne said. “After deliberations with captain, coach and the panel, we all are of the opinion that it would aid in the team’s World Cup preparations.”

West Indies squad for three T20Is: Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder(c), Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas, Devendra Bishoo, Sheldon Cottrell