Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph has been picked in West Indies’ 13-man squad for the second Test against Bangladesh starting Thursday, returning after a long lay-off. Kemar Roach, who picked a hamstring strain in the first innings of the first Test which the hosts won by an innings and 219 runs, has been ordered to rest.
Joseph, who last played a Test in August 2017, recently returned to action after more than six months on the sidelines because of a stress fracture he sustained in New Zealand last December. Once he recovered, Joseph was picked in a 12-man President’s XI squad to take on Bangladesh in a two-day game. He was the most impressive bowler for his team, finishing with 4 for 53 from 15 overs, taking the first four wickets of the Bangladesh innings – of Liton Das, Mominul Haque, Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Shakib Al Hasan.
Joseph made his Test debut against India in 2016 and has played six Tests since then, picking up 15 wickets at an average of 38.86. He has also played 14 ODIs for 23 wickets, but has not made his T20I debut yet.
The second and final Test of the series will be played at Sabina Park before the two teams play three ODIs and as many T20Is.
Squad: Jason Holder (capt), Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Alzarri Joseph, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Devon Smith.