Phil Simmons, the West Indies head coach is in self-isolation in England after attending a funeral — but fast bowler Alzarri Joseph said it would not hamper the team’s preparation for the three-Test series against England.
Simmons has been self-isolating in his Old Trafford hotel room since attending the funeral on Friday and has to clear two COVID-19 tests before he can join the squad on Thursday.
“That doesn’t really disrupt our preparations,” Joseph said. “We have our jobs to do — we have our preparation to keep going with. We have a very big coaching staff here that are very supportive of each other, so that’s not really a problem for anyone.”
Assistant coaches Roddy Estwick and Rayon Griffith will oversee the team’s second warm-up match, which begins on Monday, before the July 8 series opener in Southampton.
Joseph is set to join skipper Jason Holder, Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel in a four-pronged pace attack and the 23-year-old was fine being perceived as the weak link.
“Obviously those three guys have a lot more experience than I do,” he said.
“I’d think more often than not, teams would see me as the weaker link. I think my job is to come in and just back those bowlers and keep the pressure on.” “I could use it as an advantage — I know my abilities and they (England) might not know. But once I turn up on the day and get the job done, I know I can get on top of any opponent.”