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Andre Russell really wanted to play and show off skills, says Carlos Brathwaite

Carlos Brathwaite. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 03, 2019, 07.00 PM (IST)

West Indies cricketer Carlos Brathwaite said that teammate Andre Russell "really wanted to show off his skills" after the later made himself unavailable for the first two T20Is of the three-match series against India. 

Russell opted out of the first two matches owing to the discomfort he experienced in his surgically-repaired knee at the Global T20 Canada. 

Jason Mohammed will be replacing Russell in the first T20I clashes.

"He really wanted to play, he really wanted to come and show off his skills and show off what he does in franchise cricket for the West Indies," ICC quoted Brathwaite as saying. 

"Unfortunately, he took another knock and he doesn't think that if he comes here, he'd be doing justice to other people who could be here and are 100%. Obviously, he's a big loss, not only on the field but off the field," Brathwaite added. 

"In the dressing room, in and around the team, he's a big character, very jovial, and in my eyes, a leader in the dressing room as well. But, obviously, if we need to get him ready for the Twenty20 World Cup, we have to do without him for a couple of series, I prefer that than pushing him in this series and making a long term injury," he further said. 

India's tour of West Indies will open with the T20Is in Florida, the ODIs are lined up from August 8 and the Tests will take place from August 22 to September 3.