In a heartwarming gesture, West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph has decided to play in the ongoing second Test against England despite the news that his mother, Sharon, died ahead of play on the third day.

According to reports, Sharon Joseph was ill for some time. In fact, Joseph had also left tour last year to stay with her. Players of both teams will wear black armbands as a mark of respect.

Alzarri Joseph (Credits: Getty)

“It is with great sadness that we have been informed that Sharon Joseph, the mother of our young fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, has passed away,” Rawl Lewis, West Indies’ team manager, said.

“We know that this will be a very sad and difficult time for Alzarri and his family. But we hope that it brings him comfort to know that his grief is shared by us all – his team-mates and support staff of the Windies team – and we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to him and his family.”

Joseph made his comeback to the Test side in the first game of the ongoing series. It was his first game in eighteen months due to back problems. The right-arm pacer has done reasonably well this series, picking  up five wickets at a cost of 18.60 apiece. In the ongoing game, he dismissed debutant Joe Denly on his very first ball.

Alzarri Joseph (Credits: Getty)

Coming to the ongoing ongoing game, West Indies, leading the series 1-0, are pretty much on the driver’s seat. The West Indies bowlers once again impressed to bowl out the visitors for just 187. In reply, the hosts finished their innings on a commanding 306, thus taking a handy 110 runs lead.