In a stunning turn of events, the West Indies secured a memorable eight-run victory over Australia in the second Test at the Gabba in Brisbane. The hero of the match was the injured pace bowler Shamar Joseph, who produced a remarkable spell to dismantle the Australian batting lineup.
Joseph, who had required scans after being hit on the toe by a Mitchell Starc yorker and retiring hurt on the previous night, returned with a vengeance to take 7 wickets for 68 runs on the fourth day of the Test. His exceptional performance helped the West Indies bowl out Australia for 207, clinching their first win in Australia since 1997.
Starting the day at 60-2, Australia had looked poised for victory with Steve Smith and Cameron Green at the crease. However, Joseph’s introduction into the attack changed the course of the game. Despite being initially expensive, his extra pace troubled the Australian batsmen, leading to a flurry of wickets.
Joseph bowled Green and Travis Head with consecutive deliveries and went on to dismiss Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Alex Carey, and Pat Cummins, wreaking havoc in the Australian lineup. His exceptional spell culminated in the dismissal of Josh Hazlewood, sealing the victory for the West Indies.
Reflecting on his performance, Joseph credited his focus on the basics and finding his rhythm as crucial factors in his success. Despite Smith’s resilient innings of 91, the West Indies’ collective effort proved too much for the world Test champions as they secured a historic win.
The West Indies’ triumph will go down as one of their most memorable victories, marking a significant achievement in their Test cricket history.