West Indies STUN Australia to win on away soil for the first time in 27 years as Shamar Joseph blitz sees Pat Cummins’s side crumble in eight-run thriller
- West Indies beat Australia by eight runs
- Shamar Joseph overhauled the Aussie series
- It is the visitors’ first win Down Under in 27 years
Speedster Shamar Joseph took seven wickets as Australia collapsed at the Gabba to hand the West Indies their first Test win, by just eight runs, in Australia for 27 years.
Chasing 216 to seal a 2-0 series win, the hosts were bowled out for 2-113 in the first session of the fourth day in front of just 3,162 fans in Brisbane on Sunday.
Second opener Joseph (7-68) then broke open the Test, defying a ton that had been shattered by a Mitchell Starc yorker a night earlier to take six wickets in an incredible 10-over spell.
Steve Smith (91 not out) carried his bat in his second Test as opener and launched a daring rescue mission.
But Joseph was not to be denied, bowling Josh Hazlewood for his seventh wicket and running to the boundary in incredible scenes as the series was level at 1-1.
West Indies defeated Australia by eight runs at the Gabba
Shamar Joseph blitzed through the Aussie batting line-up to stun the hosts
This is the first time the Windies have won in Australia in 27 years
Topping out at around 150 km/h, Joseph immediately came to life with an old pink ball that had previously given Australia’s batsmen little trouble.
He bowled Cameron Green (42) and Travis Head with consecutive balls to start the collapse.
Head’s golden duck was his third in a row in Tests at the Gabba as he became just the seventh Australian to register a king pair.
Smith survived the hat-trick but Mitchell Marsh (10) did not last much longer, while Alex Carey (two) was Joseph’s fourth victim in a manic six-over spell that also cost 45 runs.
He wasn’t done though, with Starc (21 off 14) becoming Joseph’s fifth scalp in seven overs to end a brief cameo from the Australian quicks with four boundaries.
Australia needed 45 more to win when captain Pat Cummins, who fired an unbeaten career-best 64 in the first innings before being 22 short of West Indies’ first innings 311 declared, 10 minutes before the tea break walked to the line.
Trailing for just three, Nathan Lyon then survived until the break with Australia still needing 29 to win and complete a 5-0 summer sweep.
Lyon fell in the first over after the resumption, but Smith continued to counter-attack as he spectacularly smashed a six as the target went into single figures.
But he exposed Hazlewood once too often and Joseph again clattered the stumps to cap off an incredible solo performance.
Australia had no answer for Joseph’s pace in a brutal finish to the game
Joseph said he thought he would struggle to even be on the ground after being forced off injured on Saturday night, until he spoke with the team doctor.
“He did something to my toe, I don’t know what he did,” Joseph said.
‘I feel we have won the series, even though it is 1-1.
‘I already cried after my five-wicket haul… I’m not that tired; I told my captain today that I will bowl today until the last wicket falls.’