West Indies’ U-19 World Cup winning fast bowler Alzarri Joseph has been included in the West Indies 14 member squad for the second Test against India, starting on July 30 at Kingston in Jamaica from Saturday.
During the U-19 World Cup Joseph’s searing pace proved handy for the West Indies earlier this year as the teenager bagged 13 wickets in six matches. The young pacer also grabbed 24 first class wickets in eight matches for Leewards Islands, with the best figures of 7 for 46.
Joseph is currently representing St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League. In the last month, Joseph has taken 4 wickets conceding 41 runs in his last outing after a forgettable match against JamaicaTallawahs, where he leaked 63 runs off his wicketless four overs.
“We feel that Alzarri, who led the attack so expertly in the ICC Youth World Cup earlier this year in Bangladesh, will now benefit from the professional guidance of our coaching staff and the presence of fast bowling legend Joel Garner as manager,” Courtney Browne, chairman of West Indies selection panel said.
“As we develop our Test team, we see this as a positive step in the process. We would like to wish the team every success for the rest of the series.”
In the first match of the four match, Test series West Indies lost by an innings and 92 runs in Antigua, in the second Test, they would like to equal the margin of the series.
In the first Test, West Indies zing in the pace attack as West Indies have only one genuine pace bowler Shannon Gabriel.
In the first Test, Indian batsman, Virat Kohli scored a double ton and all-rounder Ravichandran scored a hundred which helped India to post a 566 runs total on board.
Squad: Jason Holder (C), Kraigg Brathwaite (VC), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite,Darren Bravo, Rajindra Chandrika, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, Leon Johnson, Marlon Samuels