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Windies team end 27-year dry spell with win against Australia

by Johnny Jnobaptiste

The Windies men walked away as champions on the fourth day of the second and final test at the Gabba in Brisbane with the hosts Australia needing just 156 more runs to whitewash the tourists.

The last time the West Indies won a test match against Australia down under, it was February 1997 and that was two-and-a-half-years before the Man of the Match and Man of the Series Shamar Joseph was born. 

Having limped off the pitch the previous day hanging on to his physio on his right and his batting partner on his left with a bleeding big toe, it was highly unlikely that Joseph would bowl. But after having gone to bed at three on Sunday morning dealing with the pains of that dreadful Mitchel Starc yorker, he beat the odds and bowled his team into victory. 

A confident Australia had their tails up with new opener Steve Smith approaching his half century-his highest for the series.

But it was Shamar Joseph’s breakthrough to remove Greene for 42 with a beauty of a delivery that hit his leg stump after being caressed for four the previous ball. His next ball had Travis Head misjudging a ball that hit his leg stump without troubling the scores. Shortly thereafter, Mitchel Marsh knicked one that bobbed out of the hands of Alick Athanaze into the hands of Greaves at third slip. Smith poked unrelentlessly as his  batting partners fell at regular intervals from the bowling arms of the two Josephs. 

With a flurry of strokes from Smiths end, a victory from the hosts seemed near. At one point, he scooped Alzarri Joseph on one knee over fine leg into the stands for 6. 

It was when Smith was within nine of his 33rd century and 8 within taking his team home he had to watch in horror as Hazlewood’s leg stump tumbled over by a beauty to give Shamar Joseph his seventh wicket for the innings. West Indies had just broken a 27 year curse.

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