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Joseph returns from back injury in 12-man squad to face Bangladesh

Alzarri Joseph runs in to bowl CWI Media/Philip Spooner

West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph is set to return from a lengthy injury layoff, being named in a 12-man squad to take on Bangladesh in a two-day game starting June 28. Joseph sustained a stress fracture in his back on a tour of New Zealand last December.

Joseph, 21, broke into the West Indies national side as a 19-year-old in 2016, and has since played six Tests and 14 ODIs. A Cricket West Indies release said he has been involved in an intense programme focussed on bowling, strength and conditioning, and had played in an Antigua-based T20 competition last month.

The 12-man squad is captained by Bajan Shamarh Brooks, and also includes West Indies internationals Shimron Hetmyer and Vishaul Singh. It also includes 22-year-old batsman Tagenarine Chanderpaul, son of former West Indies batting legend Shivnarine.

The two-day practice match is the only first-class warm-up game before a full tour where Bangladesh will play two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is against West Indies. The first Test begins on May 4 at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in Antigua.

Squad: Shamarh Brooks (capt), John Campbell, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Jahmar Hamilton, Shimron Hetmyer (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Keon Harding, Shayne Moseley, Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd, Vishaul Singh, Odean Smith