Ambrose bats for Joseph
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):
Former West Indies fast bowler Sir Curtly Ambrose says Antiguan pacer Alzarri Joseph should be promoted to the senior setup on the basis of his ability and not his age.
Joseph picked-up 13 wickets to help West Indies win the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this month.
The 19 year-old pacer grabbed three for 39 off 10 overs to inspire West Indies to a five wicket win over India in the final.
"I believe that age has nothing to do with if you are ready or not," declared Ambrose.
"Sachin Tendulkar, one of the greatest players ever, made his Test debut when he was 15 or 16-years-old when I figured he should have been in school and look how he turned out."
During the ICC Under-19 World Cup, Joseph delivered the fastest ball in the tournament - at 91.5mph and bowled consistently around the high 80s-90mph.
He removed the stumps in four of his 13 wickets, had three leg before wicket decisions while three of his victims were caught by wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach off tentative edges.
"So what you are telling me is that if Alzarri is doing well at age 19 and we think he can get the job done, why wait until he is 22? ," asked Ambrose who claimed 405 Test scalps in 98 matches and 205 wickets in 172 One Day Internationals.