In a last-minute change, West Indies have opted to go with 140kg wildcard Rahkeem Cornwall for the final and deciding Test in Manchester. The Antiguan comes in place for Alzarri Joseph who had to face the axe for the decider.
West Indies captain Jason Holder has earlier lauded Rahkeem Cornwall saying he is a better spinner than anyone in the England camp.
Cornwall took a 10-wicket match haul in just his second Test against Afghanistan last November, but the 6ft 6in off-spinner so far has been overlooked in the #raisethebat series.
The Windies have plumped for an all-pace attack supplemented by the occasional off-breaks of Roston Chase, but the workload of their fast bowlers has been called into question as they head into their third Test in three weeks.
West Indies XI
One change in our Playing XI.
IN: Rahkeem Cornwall
OUT: Alzarri Joseph
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) July 24, 2020
There is little doubting how highly Cornwall’s all-round package is rated by Holder, who placed his team-mate ahead of England and Somerset duo Dom Bess and Jack Leach as the best slow bowler on either side.
“If he does come in he is a wicket-taker and he has proven himself to be a match-winner, not only at the regional level but in his last Test match when he got 10 wickets,” Holder said.
Holder also reported no fitness doubts but with the series locked at 1-1, the Windies had to alter the balance of their bowling line-up in an attempt to boost their hopes of a first Test series win in England in 32 years.