Mumbai: Since making his first-class debut for Jamaica a little more than five years ago, Andre Russell has played in only one Test match for West Indies, but the allrounder is willing to wait for that second chance.
"At the moment I am focused on one-day and T20 cricket. Whenever an opportunity comes for me to play Test cricket, I am ready to take it. At the moment I can't focus on all aspects," said the 23-year-old Delhi Daredevils player ahead of his team's IPL encounter against Mumbai Indians on April 16. "[But] I have it in the back of my mind to play Test cricket. I am willing to wait for the opportunity,"
Russell, who made his one-day debut in the 2011 World Cup, got the break to play international cricket when he was picked in the West Indian XI in the Galle Test against hosts Sri Lanka in November, 2010 which ended in a draw and saw his team-mate Chris Gayle notch up 333. The player, who considers himself a bowling allrounder, has not played another Test since then, though he has represented the West Indies in 21 ODIs and five Twenty20 games.
The IPL, being a Twenty20 event, is being targeted by Russell to get some experience for the ICC World Twenty20, to be held in Sri Lanka in September. "The World (Twenty20) Cup is around the corner. Just looking to get as much experience as I can of these conditions and get some performance under my belt to improve my confidence," said Russell, adding that he was willing to wait for his chance to play. "It's been a very good experience although I have not played. I am looking forward for a big opportunity. Whenever an opportunity comes, I will take it with both hands."