Fast bowlers Oshane Thomas and Jomel Warrican have been eliminated from the West Indies Test squad for the home game series against India while Rahkeem Cornwall has earned a stake.
Thomas and Warrican were part of the team in their successful home game against England, where the West Indies celebrated a 2-1 win over the visitors.
The decision to omit Thomas could have been due to exhaustion management: The Seamer was part of his team for the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and the Twenty20 International and ODI series against India. Warrican has meanwhile lost his place to the unknown allrounder Cornwall.
Cornwall replaces Roston Chase and a lower-order strike option in the squad. The 26-year-old was impressive in the first unofficial test against India A and returned half a century and four wickets. He has 260 wickets in 55 first-class games and 13 half-centuries and a top score of 101 *.
“Rahkeem has consistently performed well over a long period of time and has proved to be a match winner, and we believe his appointment to the squad is well deserved at this point,” said Robert Haynes, head of the West Indies panel’s interim selection team.
“We believe that with his sharp turn and added rebound, he can offer an attack option for our bowling attack. He can also lend a bit of depth to the eyelash. “
Pacer Alzarri Joseph, who is still recovering from the shoulder injury that left him out of the World Cup, missed it. “Alzarri is currently in the recovery phase and we’re monitoring his recovery, but we do not think he’s ready for five days of exhausting friendly play,” said Haynes.
“He is an important part of the future of the West Indies and we do not want to overthrow him. We have two major series in the course of the year in India and we want to be very careful about how his recovery is handled. “
The series, which starts on August 22, marks the start of the ICC Test Championship for both countries.