In a thrilling encounter, an inexperienced West Indies team secured a historic Test victory over Australia, winning by eight runs in Brisbane. This marked their first Test win in Australia since February 1997. Shamar Joseph, the fast bowler, played a pivotal role with a remarkable performance, taking 7/68 in the second innings to seal the closely contested match. Shamar Joseph was named the Player of the Match and the Series for his outstanding contributions.
Despite concerns about his toe injury, Shamar Joseph led the West Indies bowling attack. On the fourth day, Australia resumed at 60/2, and Shamar broke the crucial partnership between Cameron Green and Steve Smith, dismissing Green just short of a half-century. Smith continued to lead the charge, but wickets fell at the other end, with Travis Head and Alex Carey both falling victims to Shamar Joseph's impressive bowling.
As the tension mounted, Smith reached a half-century, but the West Indies continued to press for a win. Play was extended in the first session, and Australia's captain, Pat Cummins, was caught behind off Shamar. Nathan Lyon's resilience helped Australia reach 187/8, with Smith remaining unbeaten. However, West Indies vice-captain Alzarri Joseph got Lyon to nick one behind in the second session, leaving Smith with only the last wicket.
With Australia eight runs behind, Smith shifted gears and played expansive strokes, but Shamar Joseph had the final say by cleaning up Hazlewood. This victory marked the first drawn Test series between the two nations since 1999 and the first time West Indies left Australia undefeated in the Test format since the 1992/93 season.
The win also propelled West Indies to the seventh spot in the World Test Championship standings, narrowing the gap in points percentage between Australia at No. 1 and India at No. 2.
(With Agency Inputs)