India vs West Indies 2016: Alzarri Joseph included in West Indies squad for 2nd Test
The West Indies Cricket board has announced their 14 member squad for the second test against India which starts on Saturday. The board has named their highest wicket taker from the U-19 World Cup Alzarri Joseph in their squad for the first time. Alzarri took 13 wickets for the Caribbean in the U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh.
The uncapped pacer performed extremely well for the West Indies in Bangladesh and was one of the main reasons the Caribbeans got their hands on the trophy. Alzarri’s inclusion could be a huge plus for the men from the Caribbean.
The Chairman of the West Indies selection panel, Courtney Browne was all praise for the 19-year-old and is confident of him maturing under the guidance of manager and legendary fast bowler Joel Garner.
He said, “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”
Browne has also wished the team luck for rest of the series and hopes that this inclusion turns out to be a success. West Indies suffered a terrible defeat in the first test and would hope to tie the series with a win in the second.
Browne was quoted saying, “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”
Earlier this year in an interview with ESPN, Joseph clearly expressed his will to succeed as a bowler and his simple approach towards the game. He told the reporters, "I am not trying to look at T20 cricket at the moment. I am looking at Test cricket. I like it.
“As a fast bowler, you want to have the upper-hand over the batsman so you will try to be as aggressive as you can be. I don't really try to hit a batsman but I let him know that I am there, so that the batsman doesn't really come after me. I would try to keep it simple."