Fiery Shamar Joseph’s 7-fer Leads Windies to Historic Gabba Win

West Indies young bowler Shamar Joseph’s 7-wicket haul pulled off a tremendous win against the Aussies in the 2nd innings of the 2nd test match at The Gabba, Brisbane.  The 24-year-old Caribbean pacer recently made his international debut in the ongoing series of the first test match against Australia on 17th January 2024.

Shamar Joseph’s 7-fer created a sensational moment despite his fractured toe. Indeed, it was West Indies’ first win in Australia since 1997—similarly, the first against the Aussies in tests since 2003.

He took only a wicket in the first innings by conceding 56 runs in 11 overs, However, Shamar Joseph’s 7-wicket haul includes the core Australian batsmen falling prey to his bowling attack, thereby restricting the hosts from winning the test series.

On 28th January 2024( Sunday), the Aussies had to chase the target of 216 runs, to seal the test series with a 2-0 win.

Australian new opener Steve Smith remained unbeaten with his exceptional knock of 91 runs from 146 balls (including 9 fours and 1 six). But, it was too late as Shamar Joseph took his 7th wicket by sending the stumps flying behind Josh Hazlewood.  

Ultimately, Shamar Joseph’s 7-wicket haul helped the Windies secure an 8-run win against the Aussies in a thrilling moment of the match. As a result, the Carribeans leveled the two-match test series with 1-1. 

Shockingly, Australia registered its first loss in the day-night test match of the pink ball cricket. Consequently, their longest winning streak with a margin of 11-0 in this format comes to an end.

Australian Batsmen Trapped to Shamar Joseph’s 7-wicket haul

Notably, Shamar Joseph’s 7-wicket haul with his medium-fast bowling style grabbed the crucial wickets of these key Australian batsmen, without giving them any chance to make huge scores:

  1. Cameron Green: 42 runs from 73 balls (including 4 fours)
  2. Travis Head: 0 from 1 ball
  3. Mitchell Marsh: 10 runs from 12 balls (including 2 fours)
  4. Mitchell Starc: 21 runs from 14 balls ( including 4 fours)
  5. Alex Carey: 2 runs from 5 balls
  6. Pat Cummins: 2 runs from 8 balls
  7. Josh Hazlewood: 0 from 6 balls

Interestingly, Travis Head falling prey to Shamar Joseph, became the 3rd Australian batsman to get dismissed for a golden duck in both the test innings.

Shamar Joseph’s 7-wicket haul creates many sensational records

By kickstarting his test career with the best bowling figures, Shamar Joseph with his 7-fer achieved many remarkable records:

1. Third-best bowling figures for Windies in the 4th Innings:

Shamar’s bowling figures of 7-68 in 11.5 overs (including 3 maiden overs), is the 3rd best by any West Indies bowler in the 4th innings of a test match, following the top two bowlers namely:

  • Curtly Ambrose: 8-45 against England in 1990
  • Roston Chase: 8-60 against England in 2019

2. Fourth-best bowling figures against Australia:

The young pace bowler registered the fourth-best bowling figures for West Indies against the Aussies in test cricket. Particularly, Shamar Joseph ranks among the other West Indies bowlers with their 7-wicket haul in test cricket: 

  • Curtly Ambrose: 7-25 at Perth in 1993
  • Andy Roberts: 7-54 at Perth in 1975
  • Gerry Gomez: 7-55 at Sydney in 1952
  • Shamar Joseph: 7-68 at Brisbane in 2024
  • Jemaine Lawson: 7-78 at St John’s in 2003

3. Third-best bowling figures at Gabba:

Notably, Shamar Joseph’s 7-wicket haul makes him rank third position among the other international bowlers, by taking the most number of wickets at Gabba:

  • Richard Hadlee (New Zealand): 9-52 against Australia in 1985
  • Keith Miller (Australia): 7-60 against England in 1946
  • Shamar Joseph (West Indies): 7-68 against Australia in 2024

 4. Second-best bowling figures in Day-Night Test:

Shamar achieves the second-best bowling figures in the Day-Night (D/N) test format. Also, he surpasses Australian captain Pat Cummins’s record in the D/N test cricket game:

  • Devendra Bishoo( West Indies): 8-49 against Pakistan in 2016
  • Shamar Joseph (West Indies): 7-68 against Australia in 2024
  • Pat Cummins (Australia): 6-23 against Sri Lanka in 2019
  • Trent Boult (New Zealand): 6-32 against England in 2018
  • Mark Wood (England): 6-37 against Australia in 2022

5. Second West Indies bowler to achieve a 5-wicket haul in test cricket:

Shamar Joseph achieves his 5-wicket haul in both test matches, thereby becoming the second West Indies bowler to achieve this feat. Earlier, Fidel Edwards was the first West Indies cricketer, who created the record against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in 2003.

Shamar Joseph about his injury and his 7-fer:

After grabbing the “Player of the Match” and “Player of the Series” awards, Shamar Joseph voiced how he overcame the fracture on his toe:

“To be honest I wasn’t ready at all. I didn’t even come out of the ground this morning.  Certainly, he (Dr. Byom) is one of the best doctors. Furthermore, his motivation made me come to the ground, even if it was to support the guys in my team.

Especially, my teammates encouraged me to go there and take wickets. I was not at all tired. Instead, I was positive and promised my captain that I would bowl until the last wicket fell. Moreover, it doesn’t count how my toes are. Finally, I am happy that he is pleased with my performance. It feels like we’ve won the series by leveling it with 1-1.”

Ultimately, Shamar Joseph’s 7-wicket haul helped the West Indies cricket team triumph on Australian soil after their 10 attempts in test cricket.

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