Sir Vivian: Check out Cornwall
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards believes Antiguan all-rounder Rahkeem ‘Jimbo’ Cornwall, could prove to be an asset to the regional cricket team going into the third Test against the touring Indians.
His statement follows the exploits of Barbadian all-rounder, Roston Chase, who had a five-wicket haul and a century in the second Test in Jamaica, as West Indies salvaged a draw in a game they seemed destined to lose.
Sir Viv said the introduction of another spinner with the ability to bat could better the team’s chances.
“I believe the way in which we would have attacked the Indian spinners gave us some sort of insight as to what can be achieved throughout the remainder of this series,” he said.
“There may have to be some little tweaks in the team itself, because do you want to play so many batsmen at this particular stage when you have so many different all-rounders in the team? Another one you can maybe put in the picture because of his off-spin ability as well, would be ‘Jimbo’ if the pacers are not getting it done,” he added.
Sir Viv praised West Indies for their “character and fight,” after they produced a magnificent batting display on Wednesday, to earn a precious draw at Sabina Park.
Chase finished on 137, while wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich got 74, captain Jason Holder 64 not out and Jermaine Blackwood, 63.
Chase, Sir Viv added, showed maturity in the way he batted.
“Even though he got to 100 that wasn’t anything in itself, you would say that was his personal achievement. But then, the job just wasn’t completed as yet. He had to do his due diligence in seeing it through to the end. That’s what I think, made it so impressive. Then Holder came and saw it out with him, so it was just a phenomenal performance from the young man, real old school batsmanship,” Sir Viv said.
The series moves to the Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia for the third Test starting August 9.