The West Indies team faced a setback in the Gabba Test when bowler Shamar Joseph was forced to retire hurt after being struck by a toe-crushing yorker from Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc. The incident occurred during the 73rd over of the West Indies’ second innings.
Starc delivered a trademark inswinger that hit Joseph on his right foot, resulting in an LBW dismissal. However, upon review, it was revealed that Starc had overstepped the crease, and the delivery was declared a no-ball. Despite this, Joseph was visibly in pain and called for medical assistance immediately after the impact.
Commentator Mark Howard expressed concern for Joseph, noting that he was in significant discomfort and was unable to continue playing. Former England captain Michael Vaughan described the impact as a painful blow, highlighting the severity of the injury.
Joseph, with blood visible on his big toe, was eventually forced to retire hurt, bringing an end to the West Indies‘ innings with a total of 193 runs. Due to the severity of his injury, the 24-year-old required assistance to leave the field, supported by teammate Kevin Sinclair and the team medic. Both Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon offered their support to the injured player as he left the field.
Following his retirement hurt, Joseph did not return to the field during Australia’s second innings. The West Indies later confirmed that he had undergone scans to assess the extent of his injury.
With Joseph unable to continue, the West Indies faced a challenging task as they sought to defend a target of 216 runs set by the hosts for victory.