Tomorrow he appears for his old club Tukapuna in an Auckland League fixture - a move designed to give Russell much needed match practice. And the Gloucestershire wicketkeeper does not rule out a further appearance for the club he played for in 1983-85 if his situation does not change later in the tour.
Russell said: "The only time in my cricket career that I have experienced such a long period of inactivity like this was during my very first England tour - to Pakistan in 1987 - when I think I played one-and-a-half days' cricket in eight weeks.
"But I was a youngster then, learning my trade, and as you get older it gets harder to be on the sidelines. It has become a bit monotonous - it was great just to get out on to the field as a substitute fielder the other day in Palmerston North.
"There is only so much you can do with net after net, but I am still prepared to go through anything to get my England place back.
"I told Mike Atherton the other day that I will be there when England need me. The management all know what I can offer, even though they don't choose to use that at the moment.
"I'm in a position at the moment where you have two options - give up or fight on, and I am not prepared to give up yet."
Russell fixed up his club match after confirming that he would not be playing in England's four-day game against Northern Districts here.Reuse content