St. George's, Grenada: West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell is set to make his first international appearance since last August after being named in the hosts' squad on Monday for the upcoming fourth and fifth one-day internationals against England.
The 30-year-old has been struggling with a knee problem, and although chief selector Courtney Browne admitted his fast bowling may be hampered, he said his lower-order hitting could prove crucial.
Russell takes the place of Kemar Roach, who was ruled out of the series with a back injury.
"We believe Russell will add value to the squad," said former Windies wicket-keeper Browne.
"We are well aware that although Andre's bowling may be limited due to a knee problem, his tremendous batting ability to power the ball in the back end of the game will be an asset to the team."
The five-match series is level at 1-1 heading into Monday's third ODI in Grenada.
The Windies' performances in the opening two matches and their preceding 2-1 Test series victory have raised hopes that they could be surprise title challengers at this year's World Cup in England and Wales, which starts on 30 May.
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Thursday's game at Kensington Oval was called off at the last minute when a non-playing member of the West Indies team tested positive for the virus.
Both teams including support staff will immediately go into isolation after the detection of the case
All 152 people involved in the ongoing series returned negative COVID-19 tests on Friday, prompting the two boards to agree to the resumption.