The law of averages

GLOUCESTERSHIRE wicket-keeper Jack Russell will be sidelined for at least a month after breaking his left thumb in the Twenty20 Cup match against Northamptonshire at Bristol.

Chris Taylor is likely to don the gloves in Russell's absence for the remainder of the Twenty20 Cup.

Russell, who will be 40 in August, hopes to be back for the Cheltenham Festival in late July.

One of the most recognisable players on the county circuit, Russell has no intention to quit the game and is still regarded as one of the best wicket-keepers in the country.

"This is my first break in 22 years," said Russell. "Somewhere along the line, by the laws of averages I'm going to get a damaged thumb."