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Star West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has hinted at a possible return for the Caribbean side at this year's ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.

Russell hasn't featured for the West Indies since last year's ICC T20 World Cup in Dubai, but the veteran could be in line for a swift return to international cricket at this year's 20-over showcase.

The veteran was quizzed by former team-mate Daren Sammy about his international availability prior to a domestic match in England and Russell said he still harbours aspirations to win another World Cup for his side.

"I always want to play and give back," Russell told Sky Sports.

"But at the end of the day, if we are not agreeing on certain terms...they have to respect my terms as well. At the end of the day, it is what it is. 

"We have families and we have to make sure that we give our best opportunity while we have one career.

"It's not like I can start over again. I'm 34 and I want to win another World Cup - or two more - for West Indies because at the end of the day, I'm here now, and I'm just taking it day by day."

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Russell has played 67 T20Is and has been a part of both West Indies’ successful T20 World Cup winning teams as a two-time winner of the coveted trophy in 2012 and 2016, but the 34-year-old is yet to fully commit to playing in Australia.

West Indies coach Phil Simmons recently vented his frustration at the non-availability of key players at international level, with the likes of Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine and Russell all still up in their air with just under two months to the start of the T20 World Cup.

But Russell insisted he is keen to be involved.

"Of course, of course. The maroon is all over," Russell said.

"Honestly, I have two franchise hundreds and I wish those hundreds were actually playing for West Indies. 

"I don't regret saying this just now. I really enjoyed playing for Jamaica Tallawahs but those two hundreds, it would be more special coming in international cricket."

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Andre Russell Match Hero for West Indies v India ICC WT20 2016
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Following his stint in England, Russell will return to the West Indies to play for the Trinbago Knight Riders in the month-long Caribbean Premier League that commences at the end of this month.

West Indies legend and current lead selector Desmond Haynes suggested strong performances during this tournament will be pivotal in deciding who features at the T20 World Cup.'

"If there is a competition that is run by the West Indies (and) somebody is playing well, I think his name should really come up for selection," Haynes said recently.

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