West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph stars in second Test victory over England hours after mother’s death
- He contributed seven runs to West Indies’ marathon first innings of 306
- Joseph then took two wickets as England were bowled out for 132 in Antigua
- West Indies sealed a 10 wicket win to take a 2-0 lead in the three-Test series
Alzarri Joseph contained his emotions on Saturday during a clinical bowling display after vowing to continue playing in the second Test despite the death overnight of his mother Sharon.
The 22-year-old plunged England towards another seismic defeat with the dismissals of captain Joe Root and debutant Joe Denly in the space of six deliveries on the third afternoon, marking each with muted celebration in the midst of hugs from team-mates.
Earlier, he received a warm ovation from both sets of supporters gathered in his native Antigua as he made his way to the middle to contribute seven runs to West Indies’ marathon first innings of 306. He had been tearful during his early morning warm-up routines.
Alzarr Joseph continueD playing despite the death overnight of his mother Sharon
The 22-year-old had been tearful during his early morning warm-up routines on Saturday
Joseph, the eldest of two brothers, is playing a Test match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium for the first time and it is a ground which has significant ties for him.
His maternal grandmother Ilene had been there on the first two days in her role as one of the regular scoreboard operators, but was understandably absent on the third.
West Indies team manager Rawl Lewis said: ‘We know that this will be a very sad and difficult time for Alzarri and his family, but we hope that it brings him comfort to know that his grief is shared by us all and we would like to extend our deepest sympathies.’
Jospeh pictured watching the start of proceedings on day three of the Test in Antigua
Joe Root’s England side took to the field wearing black armbands as a mark of respect
Joseph’s mother had been ill for some time. Back in the autumn of 2016, just weeks after making his full international debut, he returned home from Dubai on the eve of the one-day squad travelling on to a triangular tournament in Zimbabwe which also featured Sri Lanka.
The eight-cap fast bowler is part of the four-man pace attack that has terrorised England throughout the first half of the series — skittling them for 77 in Barbados then 187 in the first innings here.
Joseph took a wicket with his first ball in Test cricket on home soil on Thursday when debutant Joe Denly flashed behind and he ended with two for 38.
He then followed up when England went in again, 119 in arrears, with the vital scalp of Root, caught behind, and a delivery that beat Denly to hit off-stump.
Both England and West Indies wore black armbands throughout as a mark of respect.
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