'Dedicated to Joseph's mum' | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 04, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 04, 2019

'Dedicated to Joseph's mum'

All the jubilation of winning a series against England aside, West Indies' triumph was one tinged with poignancy because it was achieved the day following the death of young pacer Alzarri Joseph's mother.

Sharon Joseph had been suffering with a brain tumour and had passed away overnight. The young pacer however chose to take full part in the game, training beforehand and getting seven runs off 20 balls before bowling a searing seven-over spell that netted the wickets of Joe Denly and Joe Root.

"It's difficult to describe the feelings," West Indies skipper Holder said after the match. "To see him [Joseph] in tears this morning was even harder, and we came together in the huddle and we just wanted to do it for him and we dedicate this day to him, his mum and his family.

“It was up to him if he played. If he felt he could manage and perform then I wasn't going to deprive him of that. For sure I knew he wanted to do something special for his mum and credit to him, he held his hand up high and did an exceptional job for us."

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