Former Australia wicketkeeper Ian Healy has slammed Andre Russell’s poor bowling show in the recent AUS vs WI 2nd T20I. Ian Healy feels that Andre Russell’s bowling was rubbish. The right-arm seamer leaked 59 runs in his 4 overs without a wicket in the match.
Notably, Andre Russell conceded 25 runs in the 20th over in the match. Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell stormed him for two boundaries and one six in the final over. Notably, Russell bowled two full-toss deliveries at the start of the over, one of which went to the boundary.
Glenn Maxwell was at his absolute best in the match. The right-handed batsman scored an unbeaten century off just 55 balls to register his 5th T20I ton. The right-handed batter shattered 12 boundaries and 8 sixes during his innings to drive Australia to a gigantic total of 241-4 in 20 overs.
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Andre Russell was bowling rubbish: Ian Healy
During a chat on SENQ Breakfast, former Australia wicketkeeper Ian Healy blasted Andre Russell’s dismal bowling show in the match. Healy said that Russell didn’t have to target Maxwell but he got aggressive.
“He was bowling rubbish. He didn’t have to target him. He was bowling him shin-high full tosses. Then he’d bowl a wide one which he (Glenn Maxwell) would carve up, which is one of his great shots. Then he’d walk across, he (Maxwell) would get a half volley on leg stump, and he’d flick it for six. Andre got aggressive, but he should get aggressive at himself because that was absolute poo,” he said.
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That’s ridiculous: Ian Healy on Andre Russell’s batting order
Ian Healy, who played for Australia in over 100 ODIs and Tests, also feels that Andre Russell’s batting slot was ridiculous. Russell arrived to bat at no.7 in AUS vs WI 2nd Test.
“Where did he bat? Lower than midfield, he batted seven. That’s ridiculous. But he’s obviously selfish and that’s all he’s batting at. Otherwise, you’d have him at four, especially in a run-chase like that. It’s pathetic that the West Indies underuse him like we have underused Tim David in the past, but they’re slowly moving him up behind Maxwell,” the 59-year-old added.
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Australia crush West Indies by 34 runs to lead the series 2-0
Meanwhile, Australia crushed West Indies by 34 runs in the 2nd T20I at Adelaide Oval Stadium. With a marvelous century by Maxwell (120* off 55), Australia posted 241-4 in 1st innings. Tim David added quickfire 31 off 14 toward the end.
Later, West Indies could only reach 207-9 in 20 overs, with skipper Rovman Powell hitting the most 63 runs. Andre Russell was the next best performer with his 37 off 16. Jason Holder added 28. However, West Indies lost the match by 34 runs to lose the second game in a row.
Australia crushed the visitors by 11 runs in the opening clash. After winning the 2nd T20I by 34 runs, the home side has already won the series. The AUS vs WI 3rd T20I will take place on Tuesday, February 13 at Perth Stadium in Perth. The encounter will also conclude the West Indies tour of Australia 2024, which commenced on January 10 with the Test series.
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