A resolute batting display from Steve Smith (91 not out) has proven in vain, with the West Indies clinching an astonishing upset win over Australia in the second cricket Test at the Gabba. An extraordinary bowling display from Windies quick Shamar Joseph saw the tourists clinch their first Test win in Australia since 1997, with the 24-year-old finishing with the almost unbelievable second innings figures of 7-68 to clinch a thrilling eight-run victory.
Joseph put the Windies within reach at tea after snaring the incredible figures of 6-60 to leave the Aussies 8-187 after Sunday's first session - still 29 runs short of victory. Smith passed the 54 runs he needed to avoid his worst high score in an Australian Test summer in 13 years to send day four into a dramatic second session. With wickets falling all around him and mounting criticism about his elevation to open the batting, Smith delivered a crucial 76 runs to get to tea unbeaten and keep his side's hopes of victory alive.
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With Australia resuming day four at 2-60 and needing a further 156 runs to seal a 2-0 series win, the opening session belonged to Joseph, however, with the paceman turning the match on its head in a gutsy and against-the-odds display. Few had given Joseph any chance of re-joining the Windies side on day four after the quick copped a brutal Mitchell Starc yorker on the foot that saw him retire hurt on Saturday.
Joseph was cleared of a fracture in his right big toe and took his place in the side on Sunday, before leaving Australia's batters shellshocked with an extraordinary bowling display. Smith and Cameron Green looked set at the crease in the opening session until Joseph removed the latter for 42 after beating the all-rounder with a brilliant delivery.
Green seemed surprised by the bounce off the Gabba pitch as the ball grazed his elbow and clattered into the top of the stumps. Joseph then made it two wickets in as many balls after clean-bowling Travis Head with a superb yorker to consign the Aussie batter to a dreaded king pair after Head's golden duck in the first innings.
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Joseph had to wait until his next over after the drinks break to have a crack at Smith on his hat-trick ball but was denied a stunning milestone from the Aussie opener. In his next over though, Joseph had his third wicket when he tempted Mitch Marsh into edging one behind, sending the all-rounder packing for a quick-fire 10.
Incredible Shamar Joseph spell lights up cricket world
The Windies paceman picked up his fourth wicket of the innings when another full delivery crashed into the stumps, with Alex Carey only managing to add two runs to leave the Aussies reeling at 6-150. Incredibly, Joseph had the West Indies within a whisker of a famous Test triumph when he grabbed his fifth wicket of the innings - Mitchell Starc caught after mistiming a short ball.
Remarkably, Joseph wasn't done there and when Aussie skipper Pat Cummins became the quick's sixth victim, the Windies needed just two more wickets with the Aussies still 40 runs shy of victory. With the tourists so close to the finish line, the umpires decided to push back the tea break to give them a chance of sealing an extraordinary win.
Nathan Lyon rode his luck after skying a short ball that fell fortunately short of a Windies outfielder, while Smith remained rock-solid at the other end to help the Aussies survive the first session, still 29 runs short of victory. It left things primed for a grandstand finish at the Gabba after tea on day four and true to form, Shamar Joseph was at the centre of it.
Lyon swung and missed at the first ball after tea, before sending the next to the boundary. Alzarri Joseph then looked to have given the Aussies a massive lifeline when he put down a tough caught-and-bowled chance but removed Lyon on the very next ball after tempting the tailender into a pull shot that caught his bottom edge.
That left the Aussies needing 25 runs with just one wicket in hand, as Smith decided to take the task on himself. The opener smashed the first ball of Shamar's opening over after tea to the boundary but then escaped becoming the paceman's seventh wicket after edging a short ball that fell just short of the slips.
Smith left commentators in disbelief after having the audacity to walk across his stumps and scoop an Alzarri delivery over the boundary for six to leave the Aussies just 14 runs away from victory. However, with Australia's last batter Josh Hazlewood doing his best to survive at the other end, Shamar once again struck to clinch a remarkable victory.
Cricket world reacts to astonishing Windies victory
The Windies quick beat Hazlewood all ends up to grab the seventh wicket of a truly extraordinary innings as the Windies snapped their 27-year Test drought in Australia. The display from Shamar left commentators and fans in a frenzy as the cricket world took to social media to celebrate the massive upset win.
West Indies cricket 🔥🔥
Shamar Joseph 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
With an injured leg, coming on and bowling like that is just insane.
Great batting for Smith, showed his greatness
History at gabba!!!!!
The fortress has been breached again.#AUSvWI #ShamarJoseph#SteveSmith#TestCricket https://t.co/nja20AQwd4
— Cricfan_ (@Cricfan45_10_17) January 28, 2024
What a terrific spell of Test bowling by Shamar Joseph
Winning test against mighty Aussies in their own land in 27 years...
History created at Gabba.
What a day for West Indies cricket 👏👏
Congratulations @darensammy88#WIvsAUS #AUSvsWI
— Hashim Ali Khan (@Hashimjaan1) January 28, 2024
7 wickets in a winning cause in Australia. What a performance to remember for Shamar Joseph. Many congratulations to West Indies for this big win! Incredible game of Cricket 🏏 #AUSvsWI pic.twitter.com/cUvJpp5wcm
— Hassan Sain (@sainhassan8) January 28, 2024
This is @windiescricket for you. This is something special congrats guys. #shamarjoseph what a superb talent he is, he was in pain but he did it for the country. #TestCricket at its peak here👊👏👏#AUSvsWI
— Rabnawaz Batt (@RabnawazBatt) January 28, 2024
— Saiyed Hamza (@Hamzu_18) January 28, 2024
— Venky_K (@VenkyK_Offic) January 28, 2024
- Australia Vs West Indies
- most unbelievable spell from Shamar Joseph
- he’s literally hobbling in between overs on the boundary...
- Injured player
#AUSvWI Steve Smith Test Cricket pic.twitter.com/n4q8iefzu3
— Jitesh (@jiteshgargsam) January 28, 2024
Shamar Joseph - A fast bowling star has been born! What A Talent West Indies Have Found! 🌟 #AUSvWI
— Sharique Firdoushi (@Sharique_F) January 28, 2024
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