West Indies captain Jason Holder believes Rahkeem Cornwall is a better spinner than anyone in the England camp as the visitors contemplate whether to bring the Antiguan into their XI for the deciding Test.
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.
There is little doubting how highly Cornwall’s all-round package is rated by Holder, who would place 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 may look 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.