Le­gends urge WI to start Joseph in sec­ond ODI

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

SHAR­JAH, UAE (CMC): AST-BOWL­ING LEG­END Waqar You­nis and leg­endary former cap­tain Sir Vi­vian Richards be­lieve strug­gling West Indies should turn to teenaged fast bowler Alzarri Joseph for to­day’s sec­ond one-day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) against Pak­istan here.

Waqar, in par­tic­u­lar, ar­gued that the Windies seam at­tack was sorely lack­ing in pace, and the in­clu­sion of the 19-year-old Joseph for his ODI de­but would add a much­needed spark and also pro­vide sup­port for the only other gen­uine fast bowler, Shan­non Gabriel.

“You need to put pres­sure in a bowler rather than an all-rounder,” said Waqar, who took 373 wick­ets in 87 Tests.

“Gabriel bowled a beau­ti­ful spell to be­gin with [in the open­ing ODI on Fri­day], but then, af­ter that, things didn’t re­ally go well be­cause the other was leak­ing runs, so it’s very easy pick­ings from the other end, and it be­comes very dif­fi­cult for even one fast bowler who’s quick to re­ally carry on do­ing it.”


Gabriel dis­missed cap­tain Azhar Ali with the first de­liv­ery of the game, but Pak­istan dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings there­after to mo­tor to 284 for nine off their al­lot­ted 49 overs.

In re­ply, West Indies slumped to 175 all out in the 39th over to go down by 111 runs un­der the Duck­worth/Lewis method.

Joseph was a stand-out at the Youth World Cup in Bangladesh ear­lier this year and was sub­se­quently handed his Test de­but against In­dia in the third Test in St Lu­cia. Alzarri Joseph

Waqar said hav­ing seen the An­tiguan bowl in that game, he was con­vinced he would bring much-needed qual­ity to the Windies at­tack.

“You prob­a­bly need Alzarri Joseph. He’s a young­ster who swings the ball,” said Waqar.

“I saw him in one of the Test matches against In­dia. He bowled with some rapid pace and swung the ball, so why not throw him in? You saw it [on Fri­day] when you played with eight, nine bat­ters and you still lost the game and lost it with ease, so I feel you should bring the young­ster in and ask him to bowl with the new ball and try to pick your early wick­ets.”

He added: “At the mo­ment, what I saw with [medium pac­ers] (Ja­son) Holder and (Car­los) Brath­waite, there is re­ally noth­ing ad­di­tional on of­fer.”

Sir Viv, the most dom­i­nant bats­man of his era and who, like Waqar, now serves as a tele­vi­sion an­a­lyst for the se­ries, said Joseph could only im­prove the West Indies at­tack.

“There’s noth­ing to lose in play­ing Alzarri Joseph. He re­ally can’t be worse than what we’ve seen. Let’s be fair.”

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