West Indies fast bowler Shamar Joseph claimed a remarkable seven wickets, leading the tourists to a historic victory in the second Test against Australia in Brisbane on Sunday (January 28). The right-arm seamer sealed the triumph by dismissing Josh Hazlewood and jubilantly celebrated as the Caribbean team leveled the series with an eight-run win.
Mind-blowing scenes as Shamar Joseph bowls West Indies to a famous Gabba win
In the 51st over, Joseph took the crucial wicket, completing his 11th consecutive over. Steve Smith, giving the strike to Josh Hazlewood with a single, saw the young bowler go around the wicket and dislodge the off-stump. With only nine runs needed for victory, the hosts fell short, marking their first loss in a day-night Test in 11 matches.
SHAMAR JOSEPH HAS DONE IT FOR WEST INDIES….!!!!
THIS VICTORY WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR A LONG TIME…!!!! 🤯pic.twitter.com/enOQi56iZ2
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 28, 2024
The 24-year-old entered Day 4 after recuperating from a toe injury caused by Mitchell Starc’s swift yorker on the previous day. He didn’t bowl at all on Day 3, as Australia finished the day at 60-2, requiring an additional 160 runs.
On Day 4, Guyanese bowler Shamar Joseph made a significant impact by taking key wickets, dismissing Cameron Green and Travis Head in consecutive deliveries. Green’s dismissal disrupted his half-century partnership with Smith, and Head’s first-ball duck resulted in a king pair.
Joseph continued his impressive performance, claiming wickets of Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc, and Pat Cummins. Despite going to dinner at 187-8, needing 29 more runs, Australia fell short. While Steve Smith remained resilient, Lyon and Hazlewood couldn’t provide enough support at the other end. Although Australia retained the Frank Worrell Trophy, the West Indies’ victory was their first against Australia since 2003 and their sole Test triumph Down Under in the format since 1997.
Lara hugging Shamar Joseph.
– What a moment for the youngster, he has started a new chapter. pic.twitter.com/fnn411HZ92
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 28, 2024
Shamar Got Emotional After The Match
After the match, Joseph revealed that he wasn’t even coming to the ground. He revealed: “I wasn’t even coming out to the ground this morning to be fair. I must give a shout-out to the doctor,” Joseph told the broadcaster after the game. “He is an amazing doctor to me. He told me to come to the ground for a reason, even if it’s just to support the guys.”
He added: “But I came and he did something to my toe. I don’t know what he did but something worked. So I just had that time to go out there and bowl and bring this game home for my team.”
Joseph’s sole request to his captain, Kraigg Braithwaite, was to allow him to continue bowling “until the last wicket falls.” He revealed:
“It was just [about being] positive. That’s all. [My team-mates] said just go out there and do it – take wickets,” he said. “It was just our positivity. I am not that tired because I wanted to do this for my team. I told my skipper I would bowl to the end until the last wicket falls.”
“It doesn’t matter how my toes are, I’m okay. I did it for him and I am happy that he is proud of me now. I feel like we won the series. Even though it’s 1-1 I feel like we won the entire series,” Joseph said. “I feel really amazing for my team-mates. They are really encouraging and I am glad that I made them proud and bring the series to 1-1.
“Tears came to my eyes right now. I already cried during my five-wicket haul [in the first Test]. Its just happiness. That’s the emotion I can bring out right now. Just happy that we won the Test.”