Alzarri Joseph determined to work the 'weak link' tag to his advantage in the upcoming series against England.
West Indies' pace attack has been the talk of the week with Joe Root declaring the unit 'formidable' and the intra-squad warm-up game throwing up some fiery bowling spells. Alzarri Joseph, who head coach Phil Simmons identified as a key player earlier last week, might be the third wheel in the pace attack that has Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach and Jason Holder, but is determined to work the 'weak link' tag to his advantage.
"Obviously those three guys have a lot more experience than I do," Joseph said. "I'd think more often than not, teams would see me as the weaker link. I think my job is to come in and just back [up] those bowlers and keep the pressure on. It's not necessarily because of age, but because of the number of matches I've played compared to the other three bowlers."
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Four of Joseph's nine Test matches have come against England. However, having bowled less than 90 overs across seven innings against them, the Windies pacer feels that he will still be a bit of an unknown to the English batsmen.
"I could use it [weak link tag] as an advantage - I know my abilities and they might not know. But once I turn up on the day and get the job done, I know I can get on top of any opponent," Joseph said.
Joseph was part of the touring party in England in 2017 but played just one Test match and went wicketless in 22 overs.
However, Joseph feels that he has a better hang of conditions this time around. Having bowled consistently in the warm-up game, he is hoping to hit the ground running when the first Test starts in Hampshire on 8 July.
"I'm just looking to stay consistent. I think I bowled pretty well in the warm-up game so I'm just looking to repeat what I did in the last game. [The 2017 tour] was a really big learning experience for me, my first time in England. So I have some experience here now - I know how to bowl in these conditions my second time around," Joseph stressed.
"The ball does a bit more here in England than in the Caribbean. It's just some slight adjustments, nothing too big but some simple adjustments. For me, I think it's about being consistent round that good area, extracting whatever movement you can get off the pitch, and sticking to plans as long as possible."
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