Joseph gets warm response after loss of mother, England back in the fight

By February 02, 2019

When Kemar Roach launched into a delivery from James Anderson only to find a tall Ben Stokes at second slip latching onto a flier, the crowd at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium stood and applauded. 

They weren’t applauding the effort of Roach, who was headed back to the pavilion for a good-looking six, they were cheering the bravery of the incoming Alzarri Joseph, who had, not long before the start of the third day of the second ICC Test Championship game between the Windies and England, found out that his mother, Sharon Joseph, had passed.

"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," an earlier release from Windies Manager Rawl Lewis had said.

“We know that this will be a very sad and difficult time for Alzarri and his family,” said Lewis.

In response, England players wore black armbands and also applauded Joseph on his arrival to the crease with the Windies on 289-8.

Lewis reassured Joseph in that release that the entire Windies would be supporting the paceman in this time.

“ … we hope that it brings him comfort to know that his grief is shared by us all – his teammates and support staff of the WINDIES team – and we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to him and his family,” said Lewis.

Joseph did not last long at the crease, scoring seven from 20 balls as the Windies eventually capitulated for a healthy 306.

But there was one moment for Joseph. The young man, on one, having faced an over, eased onto the front foot and hoisted Anderson back over his head for a boundary, a result that brought smiles to the faces of those at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, not just because of the boundary, but because of the spirit this second Test has been played with by the Windies being brought out in a man barely old enough to have seen the tail end of the team’s more proud history.

Darren Bravo was last man out, scoring an even 50 in an innings of real quality and patience.

At lunch England were nine without loss, trailing the Windies by 110.

Stuart Broad, 3-53, Moeen Ali, 3-62, Ben Stokes 2-58, and Anderson, 2-73, all toiled hard, combining for more than 130 overs to dig out the Windies.

Earlier, Kraigg Brathwaite had scored 49, John Campbell, 48, and Shai Hope 44, as the Windies top order showed some fight under really testing conditions.

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