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Windies opt for Cornwall to face India

10th August 2019, 13:13 by Neil Foster

Uncapped spin-bowling all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall has been selected by West Indies to face India in two Tests.

The 26-year-old has never played international cricket but caught the eye of the selectors playing for Leeward Islands Hurricanes and West Indies 'A' team.

It remains to be seen how he gets on against the talented sub-continental batting line-up but Robert Haynes, head of the Windies interim selection panel, is confident he will do well.

"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," he said.

"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."

However, fast bowler Alzarri Joseph will miss the series with an injury sustained during the Indian Premier League earlier this year.

West Indies squad: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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