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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.

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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