|Full name||Sylvester Cleofoster Joseph|
|Born||5 September 1978|
New Winthorpes, Antigua
|Test debut (cap 257)||12 August 2004 v England|
|Last Test||25 May 2007 v England|
|ODI debut (cap 99)||19 April 2000 v Pakistan|
|Last ODI||7 August 2005 v India|
|Domestic team information|
Source: CricketArchive, 14 June 2010
Sylvester Cleofoster Joseph (born September 5, 1978) is a West Indian cricketer who has played in five Tests and 13 ODIs, from 2000 to 2005. He captained the West Indies in one of those ODI games due to the more experienced players being unavailable courtesy of contract disputes. In West Indian domestic cricket he plays for the Leeward Islands.
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