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West Indies pace bowler Alzarri Joseph has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against India as he is still recovering from a stress fracture in his back.
Joseph suffered the injury late last year, but featured in the ODI series against Bangladesh in July.
He also played four games for the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
However, the decision to sideline him for the Test series against India was made by the Cricket West Indies’ medical panel after Joseph underwent two fitness tests.
Joseph’s recovery will continue to be monitored at the High Performance Centre in Antigua.
With Joseph out, the West Indies have called up uncapped Windward Islands seamer Sherman Lewis to replace him.
Lewis has featured in 17 first-class matches to date and taken 49 wickets at an average of 26.08.
He was also part of the West Indies A side that toured England earlier this year, where they played matches against the England Lions and India A.
With the West Indies’ two-Test series against India beginning on October 4 in Rajkot, the Test squad are preparing for it with training sessions at the ICC Academy in Dubai.