Aus vs WI – Shamar Joseph’s toe injury depletes West Indies


West Indies faced the prospect of being a bowler down as they attempted to defend 216 for a famous victory at the Gabba after Shamar Joseph suffered a toe injury from a Mitchell Starc yorker.

Starc speared the delivery into Joseph’s boot and it was initially given lbw before the third umpire called a no-ball, but by then Joseph was already on the ground in pain. He quickly took off his shoe and sock as the physio came out and it was soon decided he couldn’t continue and was helped off the field. His retirement brought an end to West Indies’ second innings. After initially being iced in the dressing room, it was later confirmed he would be heading for scans.

It left West Indies with just two frontline quicks, Kemar Roach and Alzarri Joseph, supplemented by allrounder Justin Greaves and the offspin of Kevin Sinclair as they tried to earn a first victory in Australia since 1997 in what would go down as one of the biggest upsets of all time. By the close they had managed to remove Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne to keep their hopes alive.

Alazarri Joseph said they were all wishing for the best for Shamar, but had to focus on the task at hand and retained believe they could secure victory.

“At the end of the day the game has to go and we have a job to do. Can’t worry about who’s not there,” he said. “Think we bowled pretty. It’s just for us to come tomorrow and keep pegging away. We still have eight wickets to get, you never know what could happen on the fourth day. As long as bowl the ball in the right areas we can still win this game.”

“I like the fight the boys have put in with bat and ball,” he added. “We’ll take quite a bit of confidence from this series but the game isn’t done yet so there could be more.”

Shamar Joseph became an overnight sensation on his Test debut when he claimed Steven Smith with his first ball in Adelaide and went on to finish with 5 for 94. He also impressed with the bat at No. 11, making 36 in his first innings.

In Brisbane, he removed Alex Carey in the first innings as West Indies threatened to secure a big lead before Australia drew nearly level before declaring.

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