Cornwall Hunts Continued Improvement Following Test Debut

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By Neto Baptiste

West Indies and Leeward Islands all-rounder, Rahkeem Cornwall, said he will continue to work on his game as he seeks to maintain his position in the senior team’s line-up.

Speaking on the Good Morning Jojo Sports Show, Cornwall who made his Test debut against India in Jamaica just a little over one week ago, said he felt welcomed by his new teammates.

“I think I was accepted well, I think the boys treated me the way I was to be treated and I was comfortable in the dressing room so everything just flowed, so basically, I just have to put in a lot more practice and be consistent in what I am doing and I think the results will come,” he said. 

Cornwall bowled a total of 64 overs for 173 runs while taking three wickets in the match. He also held two crucial catches in slip, both off the bowling of captain, Jason Holder.

The Liberta Blackhawks player said holding onto that first catch to dismiss opener K.L. Rahul for 13, helped to build his confidence going into the rest of the match.

“I think that set up my whole day in terms of getting off the mark in Test cricket. The first catch set-up and sum-up the whole day for me, and just drive me through the whole day.  When you are playing against the best in the world you have to be really on top of your game and repeat the good things over and over. In regional cricket maybe you could get away with certain things but not at the international level,” he said. 

As for the appointment of Kieron Pollard as T20 and ODI captain, Cornwall said the player brings a wealth of experience to the role.

“I think he is a good leader; he is a competitive guy when he is on the field, always up and about, always in the thick of things so I really think he is a good leader and let’s see what he does for the West Indies,” the Antiguan said.

Cornwall is currently representing the St. Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

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