Excitement Brewing for Shamar Joseph’s White-Ball Debut,” Says Daren Sammy

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Daren Sammy, the white-ball coach for West Indies, is brimming with anticipation about the prospect of including young sensation Shamar Joseph in the ODI and T20I squads once he is fit.

Despite having only nine games of domestic experience across formats, Joseph made a significant impact in his debut Down Under, capturing attention with his electrifying pace-bowling that played a pivotal role in West Indies securing a 1-1 draw in the two-match Test series in Australia.

The speedster displayed an outstanding performance, claiming 13 wickets in the two Tests, including a remarkable 7/68 in the final innings that led to West Indies’ historic eight-run win in the second Test at Gabba.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the white-ball leg of the Australian tour, Sammy acknowledged that Joseph’s heroics had created a welcome dilemma for the team’s decision-makers.

He will definitely be an all-format player. I can’t wait to get my hands on him in this squad. But look, everything has a process to it. That’s the way myself and the chairman of selectors operate. What he’s done, he’s created a really good headache for me with the World Cup coming up, building forward in the ODI team,

Sammy expressed.

We’ve got other guys like Jayden Seales who’s injured at the moment. So we’re developing a core in all formats that enables us to pick from good positions, guys that are performing, and that’s what we want as a cricketing nation,

he continued.

Although Joseph was not selected for the white-ball series against Australia, discussions about adding the pacer to the limited-overs squads had taken place. Unfortunately, he had to withdraw from participating in the ILT20 due to a toe injury sustained on the third day of the Gabba Test.

Sammy emphasized the importance of allowing the youngster to fully recover from his injury and celebrate the moment with his family.

We ride the wave that’s happening there, but we won’t go crazy. If the guy’s injured, let him go home and rest. That’s probably the first time he’s been away from home for so long. He’s got a young family. We understand. Whatever we do is well-planned and well thought out. I think going home to his family and enjoying this moment is important. Because victories like that don’t come around all the time,

Sammy added.

Shamar Joseph, with only four combined List-A and T20 games in his domestic career, has shown promising potential.

West Indies is set to play three ODIs followed by as many T20Is, commencing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday, February 2. Sammy expressed hope that other players in the squad would draw inspiration from Joseph’s sensational performance in the Gabba Test, showcasing resilience despite battling a toe injury.

When somebody performs like that, the team rises, and it was so good to watch. You see the smile on my face every time you go back to that, and I just hope my men, whenever challenges come, can remember that if you push through, there’s always gold at the end of the rainbow,

Sammy remarked.

The victory marked West Indies’ first Test win against Australia since 2003 and their first in Australia in red-ball cricket since the 1996-97 tour. After the disappointment of not qualifying for the ODI World Cup last year, the Caribbean outfit triumphed over England in the home ODI and T20I series before embarking on the Australian tour.

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