ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):
Legendary fast bowler Sir Curtly Ambrose has told West Indies Under-19 pace sensation Alzarri Joseph to prepare to take the step up to international cricket but has also urged him to remain humble and focused.
Antiguan Joseph returned home on Wednesday night after helping West Indies to capture the ICC Youth Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh last Sunday.
He arrived to a welcome reception which included Sir Curtly, parents Alva and Sharon Joseph, Sports Minister EP Chet Greene and Senator Colin James.
"Remain focused, remain respectful and above all, remain humble. That is very important," Sir Curtly told Joseph.
"I just want to wish you the very best going forward. I am Antiguan, you're Antiguan and I am proud. Anytime you need any advice or any help and as long as I am on the island, you can call on me anytime.
Joseph was superb at the Youth World Cup, rattling opposing batsmen with his pace and movement to capture 13 wickets.
He formed a formidable new-ball partnership with Barbados fast bowler Chemar Holder, and it was their opening spell in last Sunday's final which set up the five-wicket win for the Young Windies.