Alzarri Joseph’s mother passes on midway through second Test


Alzarri Joseph, the West Indies fast bowler, has announced that his mother, Sharon, has died ahead of play on the third day of the Test against England in Antigua.

Sharon Joseph is understood to have been ill for some time, with Joseph leaving a tour last year to be by her side. Players of both teams will wear black armbands on the third day of the game as a mark of respect.

There was no immediate confirmation on Joseph’s involvement in the remainder of the Test, but he was part of a team huddle ahead of play and then warmed up with his team-mates. He was reportedly set to play a part with bat and ball, with West Indies already in a strong position in the second Test.

Joseph returned to the Test side in Barbados last week for his first appearance in 18 months after back problems. He has claimed five wickets at a cost of 18.60 apiece in the series so far.

A statement from Cricket West Indies invited spectators to “please join us as we express condolences to Alzarri and his family”.

On the first day of the game, the 22-year-old Joseph claimed a wicket with his first ball in Test cricket in his native Antigua when Joe Denly edged an attempted cut shot. (ESPNCricinfo)

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