The Alzarri Joseph Evolution – Blending Enforcer Role With Bowling Smarts

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The Alzarri Joseph Evolution – Blending Enforcer Role With Bowling Smarts''I think it's about getting batsman hustled and making them play back and then trying to get him with the fuller delivery," Joseph

Alzarri Joseph was the enforcer of the West Indian side in the just-concluded Test rubber against Bangladesh, a series that the home side won 2-0.

Right through the series, the limelight was on Kemar Roach, especially with the veteran pace bowler in touching distance of picking up his 250th Test scalp. Eventually, Roach reached the milestone in the second innings of the second Test.

On the other hand, Joseph quietly went about doing his job. The tall fast bowler extracted extra bounce and also found ways to out-think the batter by mixing up his lengths.

To illustrate the point further, he picked up five wickets bowling in the six-eight metres zone. He grabbed four wickets bowling fuller in the two-four metres zone and the rest of the wickets via bowling short in the Test series.

”For me it’s all about improving in every game and in every training session and every day,” Joseph said in the presser. “Getting better and understand my bowling better. For me it’s all about the build-up. It’s not necessarily going for wickets with every delivery but it’s all about the build-up and how you get him out.

”I think it’s about getting batsman hustled and making them play back and then trying to get him out with the fuller delivery. Well, that’s something the coaches and captains asked me to do, come in and be an enforcer.

“It’s something a bit new for me and something I try to adjust to. Like I said it’s the process. Sometimes you want to get a batsman out caught behind, then you just don’t bowl everything full. You want to get him back a bit and then make him come forward,” he added.

He also pointed out that the pace bowlers in the West Indies side understand their roles quite well. He also credited the bowling coach Roddy Estwick for guiding the younger lot in relation to tactical side of things.

”We all understand that we are different types of bowlers and for us it’s about understanding what works for us. Naturally, Kemar is going to be (bowling) five to six metres, I am going to be seven to eight metres. Jayden can be a bit fuller because he moves the ball a bit more.

”At the moment, it’s (working with Estwick) a bit more tactical than technical and it’s about getting ourselves to understand our roles as bowlers and understanding wickets and how to adjust on that wicket.”

Joseph also praised his colleague Roach and hoped that the younger bowlers in the side can raise the bar and emulate the Barbados fast bowler’s achievements. “It’s not just myself but all the bowlers in our camp, it’s something to look forward to and it’s a bar that we have to to achieve and get to.”

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