In the history of cricket with balls we’ve only ever claimed three cricketers.
Cricket with balls’ Bryce McGain, Cricket with balls’ Holly Colvin and Cricket with balls’ Eddie Cowan.
Today we add Andre Russell.
Obviously we were talking him up before anyone knew or cared about him.
Now there are literally dozens of people who are talking about Andre, and while we’ve had nothing to do with his career or his obvious natural talent, we feel largely responsible for his rise.
When he took four wickets and made a dashing 49 against England, we felt like it was us.
Not just the jrod who is writing this, but everyone who feels like cricket with balls is a part of their day.
Picking a player before you’ve seen him or anyone else has mentioned him is often a fools errand.
What if the player is never seen again, the whole process was a waste of time. And worse, if they are seen and their very existence makes you want to vomit into the mouth of a passing grandmother.
When we saw Andre Russell, we didn’t feel this way.
We felt proud.
From his pointy haircut to his inability to control the urge to play stupid shots through to his fast medium bowling that has a technical hitch or two he is someone we want to see play, that we want to write fantastical posts on and who will raise in random conversations for no real reason.
This is why we are making Andre Russell the fourth cricket with balls’ own player.
Arise, cricket with balls’ Andre Russell.
We hope you’ll continue to be an unpolished all rounder that can splatter a stump, hit a mean six and wear the weighty crown of cwb’s own on that pointy hair of yours.