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This experience will make Russell stronger: Mike Hussey. Andre Russell, the West Indies all-rounder, has been a major part of plenty of Twenty20 (T20) sides around the globe. Most will miss his services in the coming year as the 28-year-old faces a one-year ban from cricket for not having appeared for his anti-doping trial. The Jamaican was summoned thrice by the panel and he failed to mention his whereabouts on all three occasions. Following his absence for his third hearing at Kingston, Jamaica, the panel sentenced him to a 12-month ban, starting from January 31, 2017 to January 30, 2018, which means Russell will miss most of the leagues that he was a vital part of. Michael Hussey, Sydney Thunders Director of Cricket and List Manager, reckons it is ‘practically impossible’ to replace the all-rounder in the Thunder squad. Russell was part of the Sydney Thunder side who won Big Bash League in 2015-2016, but missed most of the recently-concluded sixth edition due to a leg injury. “Well see what happens with the appeal process,” Hussey told cricket.com.au on Wednesday (February 1). “If he appeals were still clinging onto that hope (of retaining him). We would hate to lose him because hes been a cult hero for us in the past couple of years. Hes loved by the players, hes loved by the whole franchise and certainly loved by the fans as well. “If we do lose him you cant replace him. Hes just incredible. Well have to sit down and see whats out there and then try and make the best decision for the franchise from there.” The former Australian batsman was devastated when he first learnt about the ban. But he feels the whole experience will make Russell a better and stronger person. “Im devastated for him to be honest. Its really sad,” Hussey said. “I dont know what they (Russells team) are going to do if theyre going to try to appeal it. I think theyve got two and a half weeks if they want to appeal that decision. I feel really sad for him. Hes been through a really tough time,” he added. “Its just really sad because hes right at the prime of his career right now. I know hes got an injury at the moment but hes arguably the most devastating T20 player in the world and were not going to be able to see him for a whole year. “It will be interesting to see how he comes back from this, how he deals with it both physically, mentally and with his cricket. Hes a tough guy and a tough character so Im sure this whole experience will make him stronger and make him a better player and a better person in the future.” Please subscribe to the channel to watch the news or in the country and internationally. Sincerely and respectfully.

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