Srinagar, July 8: With his bulky size under constant eyes of critics, the West Indies coach Phil Simmons has come to the defense of his off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall’s.
The coach has said that it is the playing ability and talent that matters and Cornwall’s bulky size has not impeded his cricket career, as reporter by Sky Sports.
The West Indies off-spinner has a towering height of 6ft and 5in, and weighs 140kg and is believed to be the heaviest Test cricketer.
“His size has not been an issue. If you see him at slip and some of the catches he has taken, there is no issue there,” Simmons said.
Cornwall’s bowling figures through his first two Tests also corroborate Simmons’ assessment as he has bagged 13 wickets already, which include a seven-wicket haul against Afghanistan in November.
“He is capable of bowling an enormous amount of overs, and he has done that throughout the years so [his size] has not been a hindrance to him,” the coach said.
“His little knee injury has been fixed and now he is as strong as ever. He is a very quiet character but a very serious man, ” Coach added.
Meanwhile West Indies went into first test against England with all pace attack. Thta mean Cornwall was left out.