Andre Russell's problematic Big Bash League campaign has been ended by a combination of hamstring and knee injuries, with the Sydney Thunder calling up his West Indies T20 team-mate Carlos Brathwaite to replace him.
Having entered the tournament still waiting on a verdict from the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission over allegations of missing drug tests, Russell was visibly hampered by a knee problem which compounded when he tore his left hamstring during the Thunder's last-gasp win over the Melbourne Stars on Wednesday night.
Russell pulled up lame after chasing a ball to the third man boundary, immediately falling to the ground and clutching his leg.
Brathwaite become one of the world's most sought-after T20 cricketers after his heroics during the last over of the World T20 Final against England at the Eden Gardens, when he catapulted four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes to seal the title for the Windies.
He is set to replace injured Russel for the Thunder.
Thunder have not confirmed whether Brathwaite will be available for their next clash against Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena on Sunday.
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