Though born in Antigua and the cousin of West Indies player Sylvester Joseph, fast bowler Robbie Joseph has pledged himself to an England career.
Joseph came to England in 1997, aged 15, and was cleared to play for Kent with immediate effect in April 2004.
He made his LV County Championship debut for Kent in the final match of the 2005 season and took three wickets but could not prevent an eight-wicket defeat against Sussex at Hove.
The pace bowler also made five totesport League appearances in which he took five wickets.
He had made one previous first-class appearance in 2000 when he represented a First-Class Counties XI against New Zealand A at Milton Keynes and claimed the wicket of Jacob Oram.
He played three championship matches in 2007 and managed to top the batting averages after scoring 60 runs and only being out once.
He also topped the county's bowling averages in the Friends Provident Trophy after taking three wickets in his only game.
Joseph’s breakthrough year was 2008. He topped Kent’s first-class wicket-list with 55 at 25, with a best of 6-32 against Durham at Chester-le-Street.
But Joseph could not prevent Kent’s relegation in the championship, the first time they had played in the second tier.
He was a key performer in all formats except Twenty20 where he played just one game. Joseph’s 3-40 against Essex Eagles at Lord’s in the showpiece 50-over final was again in a losing cause.
Joseph may not have received the silverware his performances merited, but he was nonetheless named in the Performance Squad to tour India.
He was called up to England Lions tour of New Zealand in place of Ravi Bopara and Amjad Khan in February 2009 and played in four matches.
However, his domestic season was cut short by a shoulder injury sustained in June against Surrey in the Twenty20 Cup.