Rahkeem Cornwall: 140-kg uncapped West Indies allrounder ready to make Test debut against India
Rahkeem Cornwall says his first-class success has prepared him for Tests. © AFP

Uncapped West Indies spin-bowling allrounder Rahkeem Cornwall believes that he is best suited for Test cricket, despite his gait, and hopes to make an immediate impact if called on to make his international debut this week.

Cornwall, who weighs 140kg, earned his maiden call-up to a senior West Indies side last week after sustained success in the domestic formats.

The 26-year-old has claimed 260 wickets in 55 first-class games at 23.90 apiece and scored 2,224 runs at 24.43.

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Speaking to windiescricket.com, Cornwall cited his consistency in first-class cricket as reason to believe he could do well in Tests.

“I believe the Test format suits my game because of the consistency a player needs over a long period of time to be successful, and I’ve enjoyed that challenge so far in my career playing first-class cricket,” he said. “The feeling is great – it’s something I’ve been pushing to achieve for a long time.”

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Rahkeem Cornwall2 has 260 wickets in 55 first-class games at 23.90. AFP

Playing for West Indies A recently, Cornwall took nine wickets and scored two half-centuries.

“The A team preparation has been very good,” he said. “England Lions and India A were two quality opposition teams featuring guys that played Test cricket. Overall it has been very challenging and it was a good place to test skills that I’ve been trying to perfect every year in our domestic competition.”

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Earlier this month, Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt defended the regional selection committee’s decision to hand Cornwall a Test call and said that the uncapped allrounder will lose weight.

“I’ve been putting in a lot of work over the last couple of months. I’ve always pushed myself,” said Cornwall. “I feel I can go on and I think the on field results I’ve achieved have shown the progress I’m making.”

The first Test between India and West Indies starts on Cornwall’s home island of Antigua from August 22, and he hoped to make his debut there.

“The feeling would be great if I was picked in the first Test. I just would want to go out and perform and don’t disappoint my friends and family,” said Cornwall.