Shamar Joseph creating selection headache with T20 World Cup looming: Darren Sammy

Melbourne, February 1 (IANS). West Indies white-ball coach Darren Sammy has hinted that young fast bowler Shamar Joseph could be in contention for the upcoming World T20, admitting that the 24-year-old has created selection headaches with his sensational performances in the Test series against Australia. Have given.

Joseph created a stir in the cricket world in the Gabba Test against Australia last week. Sidelining a right toe injury, his sensational seven-wicket haul in the second innings helped West Indies achieve a magical eight-run win, their first Test win against Australia since 2003.

His heroics came after taking a five-wicket haul on debut in his first Test in Adelaide.

“He will definitely be an all-format player. I can't wait to add him to this team. But see, everything has a process. That's how I and the chairman of selectors work. What he has done is really created a good headache for me with the World Cup coming up as well as moving forward into the ODI team,” Sammy was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“We've got other guys like Jaden Seals who are injured right now. So, we are developing a core across all formats that enables us to pick people in good condition, who are performing and that is what you want as a cricket nation,” he said.

The 24-year-old fast bowler has played only four List-A and T20 matches in his domestic career. Despite talk of including Joseph in the white-ball series against Australia, he was ultimately ruled out due to his injury.

As West Indies prepare for the white-ball series against Australia, Sammy hopes the ODI team will take inspiration from Joseph's performance.

“We ride the wave that's happening out there, but we won't go crazy. If the boy is injured, let him go home and rest. Probably this is the first time he has been away from home for such a long time. He has a young family. So, we understand. Everything we do is planned and well thought out. I think it's important to go home to his family and enjoy this moment. Because wins like this don't happen all the time,” Sammy said.

“When someone performs like that the team lifts, and it was great to see. Whenever you look back at it you see the smile on my face and I just hope that my people – whenever challenges come you can just remember that if you keep going, there's a rainbow at the end. There is always gold.

The Caribbean team is now set to face Australia in three ODIs and as many T20Is, with the first ODI taking place at the MCG on Friday.

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