Test format suits my game: Cornwall

Rahkeem Cornwall first played first-class cricket in 2014 and has 260 wickets from 55 first-class matches along with 2224 runs. He recently scored two half-centuries in two unofficial ‘Tests’ against India.

There is a possibility that Cornwall might make his Test debut during the opening Test against India which starts on August 22 as part of the World Test Championship. (FILE PHOTO)

There is a possibility that Cornwall might make his Test debut during the opening Test against India which starts on August 22 as part of the World Test Championship. (FILE PHOTO)   -  Getty Images

Spin bowling all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall believes he is well-suited to the longest format and credited his consistent performance in first-class cricket to his maiden call up to the West Indies squad for the Test series against India.

Cornwall first played first-class cricket in 2014 and has 260 wickets from 55 first-class matches along with 2224 runs. He recently scored two half-centuries in two unofficial Tests against India.

“I believe the Test format suits my game because of the consistency a player needs over a long period of time to be successful, and I’ve enjoyed that challenge so far in my career playing first-class cricket,” Cornwall told the Cricket West Indies website.

There is a possibility that Cornwall might make his Test debut during the opening Test which starts on August 22 as part of the World Test Championship.

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“The feeling (on getting called up) is great - it’s something I’ve been pushing to achieve for a long time,” said the 26-year-old, who is 6’6” tall and weighs around 140 kilograms and couldn’t make it to the squad earlier due to fitness issues.

“The feeling would be great if I was picked in the first test. I just would want to go out and perform and don’t disappoint my friends and family.”

In 2018-19, Cornwall claimed 54 wickets in nine matches at an average of 17.68 to emerge as the leading wicket-taker. In international A-team cricket, most notably in the 2018, he clinched 19 wickets at an average of 18.42 during its 3-0 home series win versus England Lions.

In the recent series against the touring India A, Cornwall took nine wickets in six matches.

“The A-team preparation has been very good,” he said.

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“England Lions and India A were two quality opposition teams featuring guys that played Test cricket. Overall it has been very challenging and it was a good place to test skills that I’ve been trying to perfect every year in our domestic competition.

“I’ve been putting in a lot of work over the last couple of months. I’ve always pushed myself. I feel I can go on and I think the on field results I’ve achieved have shown the progress I’m making.”

Cornwall said batting legend Brian Lara had provided him early inspiration to be a cricketer but he idolises former South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis.

“The Test match I remember most watching was Brian Lara’s 400 in Antigua 2004. It was early inspiration for sure to become a professional cricketer and to play for the West Indies,” he said.

“My cricket hero is definitely Jacques Kallis. The way he carried himself as an all-rounder on and off the field, I’ve tried to visualise and work to match certain things I saw Kallis to do my game.”