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Big Boy Rahkeem Cornwall Welcomes England to Caribbean Islands

Cricketnext Staff |February 28, 2017, 4:31 PM IST
Big Boy Rahkeem Cornwall Welcomes England to Caribbean Islands

New Delhi: Cricket is not known to be contact sport, but when you have a towering presence in the opposition ranks, your task is definitely cut out. And the English team found that out the hard way when Rahkeem Cornwall was picked in the West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI outfit playing a warm-up game against the visitors in Bassaterre on Monday.

At 6’5, Rahkeem might not be the tallest player in the circuit, but add to it a body weight of 140 kgs and he definitely is ‘big’. While he bowls gentle off-spin, he packs a punch with bat in hand. And the likes of Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid faced the brunt as he hit six boundaries and three towering sixes during his 61-ball knock of 59.

Rahkeem’s knock helped the hosts post 233 before the visitors chased it down with seven balls to spare, thanks largely to Woakes’s unbeaten knock of 47.

The West Indies Cricket Board also tweeted a photo of Rahkeem which read: “Rahkeem Cornwall hit a crucial 59 (61 balls, 6x4, 3x6) and bowled 10-1-39-1 for @WICB_President XI against @englandcricket in #StKitts.”

Rahkeem has been backed for big things by West Indies fast-bowling icon Andy Roberts.

“He has been ready to move higher for more than a year now, but for me to say he is ready for Test cricket. I don’t think we really know when anybody is ready because you have a number of players, especially here in the Leewards, who perform very well at regional level but fail to impress when they go a little bit higher,” he said.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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