Joseph hailed as future star

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August 10, 2016
New West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph in action against India on day one of the third Test at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, St. Lucia yesterday.

GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC):

Bowling coach Roddy Estwick has earmarked speedster Alzarri Joseph as one for the future after the 19-year-old produced a couple of impressive spells to rattle India on the opening day of the third Test here yesterday.

Joseph, one of the heroes from the West Indies Under-19 World Cup triumph in Bangladesh earlier this year, finished the day with two for 38 from a 14-over shift, which impressed those who witnessed the performance.

"We're happy with his day's work. Obviously, it's his first Test match and he got two big wickets for us [and] his pace didn't look too bad," Estwick told reporters.

"As he goes along and he understands Test cricket and he goes from bowling 10 overs to bowling 20 overs in a Test match, and he gets stronger as well, [he will improve]."

He added: "We have really high hopes for him in the future. He's a young man at 19 years of age and it's only good for West Indies cricket that we can get some more firepower to add to Shannon's (Gabriel) firepower as well.

Handed the new ball by captain Jason Holder, Joseph helped rocked the much heralded Indian top order.

His first Test scalp was that of skipper Virat Kohli, caught at first slip by Darren Bravo with a superb lifter, and he returned in the second session to have Rohit Sharma caught behind by keeper Shane Dowrich, edging a big out-swinger.

Despite Joseph's impressive spell and another two wickets for off-spinner Roston Chase, India recovered from 126 for five to reach the close on 234 without further loss.

The Windies were thwarted by a brilliant unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 108 between Ravi Ashwin (75 not out) and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (46 not out).

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