Windies look to Cornwall big unit for advantage against Bangladesh | Cricket News

CHITTAGONG: Kraigg Brathwaite, West Indies substitute test captain, admitted on Sunday that non-spinner giant Rakheem Cornwall will be key to his weakened side’s hopes of defeating Bangladesh in their two-test run which begins this week.
Cornwall, who is 1.96m (6ft 5in) and weighs around 140kg (22nd), has only played three tests in his career.
But Asian pitches are fine for him – he returned numbers from 7 to 75 in a single game against Afghanistan in Lucknow in 2019.
“I know Rakheem’s ability. I knew he was still a quality off-spinner. It’s good to see him under these conditions. I know he will do well in this Test,” said Brathwaite.
“As a bowling unit, we have to stick to the plans, play the pitch. Create pressure with point balls. The wickets will come.”
Cornwall is believed to be the heaviest man to ever play test cricket.
He warmed up for the test series, which begins Wednesday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium in Chittagong, with a 5-47 opening inning as West Indies drew a three-day warm-up against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI.
Brathwaite was also one of the best players of the game for the visiting team, hitting 85 of 187 balls in the team’s first inning, or 257 points.
The West Indies beat the hosts by 160 points to take a 97-point lead in the opening innings.
Nkrumah Bonner made 80 and John Campbell added 68 to his 44 in the first inning as the West Indies scored 291 points in the second inning to set a 389 point goal for the BCB XI.
Brathwaite and his BCB XI counterpart Nurul Hasan agreed to a draw after the home side reached 63-2 in the second inning on day three and the final day.
Cornwall did not play in the second set as the tourists chose to keep it a secret.
“It was great to see Bonner get a nice score. I thought John had hit well in both innings,” added Brathwaite.
“I don’t want to single out guys. Everyone works really hard. I’m happy with all the hitters. They are confident so we have to take advantage of that.”
Brathwaite will lead a weakened West Indies team against Bangladesh after several players, including regular captain Jason Holder, withdrew from the tour due to a coronavirus outbreak.
In the ODI series, they were whitewashed 3-0.
Brathwaite also led the West Indies in their previous round of tests in Bangladesh in 2018, after losing both tests.
The second Test in the series will take place in Dhaka from February 11 to 15.

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