Two days after losing their previous practice match to Australia, Cricket World Cup hosts England recorded a morale-boosting nine-wicket win over Afghanistan, ahead of Thursday's curtain-raiser against South Africa.
I know there was a bit of speculation (about his inclusion in squad), but I had a few other, more important things at the time to have my mind occupied with. As I said, really I'm just glad to have got back on the park.
Russell is one of those players who is very impactful. He's a power player, he's an impact player and he's a match winner. So we expect guys like Russ to obviously hold the big four in our World Cup campaign