The 35-year-old Russell spent the last month in the UAE, where his Deccan Gladiators lost to the New York Strikers in the Abu Dhabi T10 final on Saturday. He will join the team in Barbados this week, with the first T20I starting in Bridgetown on Tuesday.
The five-match series against defending T20 World Champions England is an important stepping stone for the West Indies ahead of their co-hosting of the next T20 World Cup, alongside the USA, in June-July 2024.
Shai Hope, the West Indies captain and standout batsman in ongoing ODIs, has been named vice-captain to Rovman Powell, while Johnson Charles, Obed McCoy, Odian Smith and Oshane Thomas all missed selection after featuring against India in August.
“This will be the final home T20I series for the West Indies in 2023, as they prepare to be one of the two host teams for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in West Indies and USA in June 2024,” Desmond Haynes, CWI captain and selector, said.
“We have selected a lineup that we believe gives us the best chance of success in this tournament. We will continue to evaluate in the lead-up to the competition.”
The selection committee has the opportunity to make adjustments to the squad ahead of the final two matches of the series, in Trinidad on December 19 and 21.
West Indies squad Rovman Powell (Capt), Shai Hope (VC), Ruston Chase, Matthew Ford, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akil Hussain, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Myers, Judakish Moti, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Shirvan Rutherford, Romario Shepherd.