Alzarri Joseph plays Test vs England hours after mother’s demise, gets standing ovation

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first_imgWest Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph displayed tremendous courage and determination as he walked out to bat hours after his mother, Sharon’s demise on Day 3 of the ongoing second Test against England at North Sound, Antigua on Saturday.Joseph had lost his mother, who was suffering from a prolonged illness, ahead of the third day’s play but West Indies team manager confirmed that the U-19 World Cup-winning fast bowler would continue playing the Test for West Indies. Notably, players from both the West Indies and England were seen wearing black armbands as a mark of respect.When Alzarri Joseph walked out to bat at No. 9 after the dismissal of Kemar Roach during the first session, the North Sound crowd gave him a standing ovation.Notably, Alzarri Joseph had left the team on a tour last year to be with his then ailing mother, according to ESPNCricinfo.A special ovation for Alzarri Joseph as he comes out to bat. #bbccricket #WIvENG Match Special (@bbctms) February 2, 2019″Our young fast bowler Alzarri Joseph’s mother, Sharon Joseph, passed away earlier today. Please join us as we express our heartfelt condolences to Alzarri and his family during this very difficult time,” a statement from West Indies Cricket read.Pace great Ian Bishop spent time with Alzarri Joseph before the start of the day’s play and offered his condolences to the Antiguan fast bowler.#WIvENG Ian Bishop offers his condolences to Antiguan fast bowler, Alzarri Joseph, on the passing of his Mom, Sharon Joseph. Cricket (@windiescricket) February 2, 2019″It is with great sadness that we have been informed that Sharon Joseph, the mother of our young fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, has passed away,” West Indies’ team manager, Rawl Lewis was quoted as saying by the report.”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 – his team-mates and support staff of the Windies team – and we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to him and his family.”Joseph had picked up two wickets in the first innings of the Test as England were bowled out for 187. In the first Test, he had picked up three wickets across two innings as the West Indies thrashed England by 381 runs after bowling the visitors out for 77 in the first innings.West Indies were 291 for 8 at drinks break in the first session of Day 3 with Darren Bravo batting on 42 (198 balls) but Alzarri Joseph fell for 7 to Ben Stokes shortly after the resumption of play. The hosts will be hoping to extend the lead over England and push towards taking an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.Also Read | India will do well in the fifth ODI against New Zealand: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | James Neesham on MS Dhoni: You haven’t won the game until you have got him outAlso See:last_img

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