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Joseph Bowls Australia to a Stunning victory for the West Indies

Joseph bowls Australia to a stunning victory for the West Indies.Brisbane: Shamar Joseph, an injured pace bowler, led his team to one of the biggest upsets in Test history on Sunday in Brisbane when the West Indies defeated Australia by eight runs. Four players, including Joseph, made their Test series debuts for the West Indies, who traveled to Australia with an under-strength squad for the series.

They were defeated in three days in Adelaide last week, and they were predicted to lose the day-night Test in Brisbane in the same manner. But the West Indies won for the first time in Australia since they last triumphed in Perth in 1997, bowling the hosts out for 207 in the second session on Sunday.

After the game, West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite found it difficult to control his feelings. “It means everything—playing in Australia, a place we haven’t won in a long time, and having the great Brian Lara watch,” he remarked.

“It is truly remarkable and exceptional to arrive here with this young group of seven or eight uncapped players.”It is amazing for us to come here to Australia and compete against the best team in the world.

It demonstrates that everything is possible for us if we have the will and the conviction. Despite his foot pain, Joseph was exceptional on Sunday, bowling 11.5 overs at a hostile pace to finish with 7-68 in just his second Test match. Joseph said, “Kraigg kept asking me if I was okay, but I told him I’m not coming off.”

“I said I wanted to do it for the team. I think this win is very important for us and it’s just the beginning for West Indies cricket.” Australian captain Pat Cummins said that while the loss hurt he could see the benefit it would have on cricket in the West Indies. “It hurts — they outplayed us,” Cummins said. “I know a lot of the talk coming into this series was there’s a lot of (West Indian) debutants, but once you put them in an international eleven, you know it’s going to be tough. — AFP

“They were outstanding; they produced a few new superstars.”There’s a happy part of me that loves cricket, especially Test match cricket. Australia started the day at 60-2, led by Steve Smith (who scored an incredible 91 runs off the bat) and Cameron Green (who appeared at ease against Kemar Roach and Alzarri Joseph).

Shamar Joseph did not bowl on Saturday and did not enter the attack until 45 minutes into the first session. Joseph was forced to retire hurt on Saturday night after being struck on the toe during the second innings. After bowling Travis Head with a gorgeous yorker, which resulted in Head’s second first-ball duck of the game, he removed Green from the game when the Australian number four chopped on.

Australia was cruising at 113-2 when they were suddenly reduced to 113-4, but Smith did not seem to mind as he reached his 50th century. Alick Athanaze caught Mitchell Marsh’s edge at third slip, and although the ball popped out of Athanaze’s hands, it went straight to Justin Greaves, leaving Australia 132-5 and 84 runs short of victory. This was Joseph’s second strike.

Australia was down 136-6 after Alex Carey was clean bowled by a thunderbolt that was travelling at 145 km/h (90.1 mi) when it struck off stump. After deciding that attacking was the best way to win, Mitchell Starc blasted 21 runs off of just 14 balls before attempting one big hit too many and giving up a cover to Kevin Sinclair.

After getting an advantage over a diving Joshua Da Silva behind the stumps, Cummins was the next to go. Following the interval, Alzarri Joseph reported that Nathan Lyon was caught behind, and Shamar Joseph completed the innings by bowling Josh Hazlewood through the gate and outpacing him in pace.- AFP

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