Rahkeem Cornwall poses with his debut cap at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica. Randy Brooks / AFP
Heavyweight all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall was named for the first time in the West Indies line-up against India in the second and final Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica that began on Friday.
The 26-year-old off-spinning all-rounder, who is 1.98 metres tall and weighs in at 140 kilograms, did not play in the first Test in Antigua when the West Indies were crushed by 318 runs inside four days.
He has been a consistent performer for Leeward Islands and West Indies A and offers sharp turn with the ball and depth to the batting.
Cornwall comes in for medium-pacer Miguel Cummins while wicketkeeper-batsman Jahmar Hamilton becomes the first cricketer from the US Virgin Islands to play at senior level for the West Indies.
He replaced Shai Hope, who failed a late fitness Test.
“Rahkeem has been performing consistently over a long period of time and has proven to be a match-winner, so we believe his elevation to the test squad is merited at this time,” Robert Haynes, head of interim selection panel said in a statement.
“We believe he can provide an attacking option to our bowling attack with his sharp turn and extra bounce,” he said of the off-spinner, who has taken 260 wickets from 55 first-class matches.
“He can also lend a bit of depth to the batting, so we are looking forward to him coming into the squad and making a valuable contribution.”
The two-time champions, who are unbeaten in their six outings so far, including a washed-out game, fielded an unchanged side after their narrow victory against Afghanistan.
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