Joseph replaces injured Roach for second Test
Young fast bowler, Alzarri Joseph is in the 13-man Test squad to face Bangladesh in the second Test to start at Sabina Park this Thursday.
Joseph on his return to international cricket was the most successful bowler for the President’s XI side vs Bangladesh with 4-53 from 15 overs just under two weeks ago.
Absent from the squad is Kemar Roach, who has been ordered to rest following a hamstring strain in the first innings of the Test in Antigua that the Windies won by an inning and 219 runs.
The squad reads: Jason Holder – Captain, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Alzarri Joseph, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell and Devon Smith.
The win in the first Test, saw some positive movements in the ICC rankings for several players. Roach, 20th and Brathwaite, 16th are now in the Top 20 in bowling and batting respectively; while captain Holder moves up two places to 52nd in batting and to 23rd in the bowling. Other players to be tagged in the ranking are Powell up five places to 61st and Cummins, up 12 places to 55th.
Here are the scenarios for the Windies based on results in this two-match Test series, which could see the team move up from the current 9th-placed Test ranking:
Drawn series – Bangladesh 75; Windies 72
Windies win 1-0 – Windies 75, Bangladesh 69
Windies win 2-0 – Windies 77, Bangladesh 67