From U19 to Test, Hetmyer and Joseph speak

There is a pathway to getting to the top and teammates from the 2016 World Cup Championship team, Shimron Hetmyer and Alzarri Joseph are in a great position to show the merit to that pathway. The two “rising stars” who are on their debut Senior tour of England plan to fill the shoes of the former greats who they watched growing up and who they continue to admire.

Hetmyer was the captain, while Joseph was the young fast bowler in that winning team last February (2016) in Bangladesh. The young Windies team defeated India by five wickets. The young Guyanese and Antiguan, respectively, have had steady progress in their careers so far representing their respective teams in all formats.

The 20-year old Joseph has to his credit, 5 Tests, 12 ODIs and 21 First Class matches; while Hetmyer, who is also 20, has so far had 3 Tests and 22 First Class matches.

Having played such a strong leadership role previously, batsman, Hetmyer, is currently able to lend his assistance to his team in any way that he possibly can. While, fast bowler, Joseph, believes his self-imposed responsibilities are to “take early wickets and keep the pressure on.”

When asked about role models, Alzarri mentions his coach Winston Benjamin as well as international great, South African cricketer, Dale Steyn. His fondest memory to date is sharing in the moment of the Under19 World Cup win 2016.

Shimron’s role models include Sir Clive Lloyd, David Warner and his brother who he says had a very instrumental role to play in his sporting upbringing. When he’s off the field he spends time with family and friends and tries to stay active. He watches a bit of football and plays volley ball and basketball.

Alzarri has played both tennis and football but has kept his focus on cricket recently and continually improving his skills. When asked what they would choose to be in another life if given the chance, neither would change a thing. They live the life they love playing the game of cricket.

CWI

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