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Windies — The Unslaughtered Lambs

WIndies 311 & 193: McKenzie 41, Athanaze 35

Australia 289-9d & 207: Smith 91*; S Joseph 7-68

West Indies won by eight runs Ooh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yea-a-ah, ye-yeah, yeah, yeah
Ooh yeah, yeah
They got so much things to say right now
They got so much things to say
They got so much things to say right (now)
They got so much things to say
— Bob Marley

Shamar Joseph took seven wickets as West Indies won a Test in Australia for the first time since 1997.

The Windies were in a no ramping shop mood when they took on the mighty champion, Australia, in the final Test match at the Brisbane Cricket Ground dubbed as the Gabba.  

The young Windies team showed their spunk in a thrilling finish to win by eight runs and ensure a drawn two-match series.

Fast bowler Joseph proved to be the Samson of the team with figures of 7-68 despite bowling with injured toes received from Oz 160.4 km/hr. pace bowler Mitchell Aaron Starc, while batting.

Steve Smith (91) carried his bat for Australia, once again proving his batting credentials in his new opening position.

The home side was losing their first day-night Test match, complement of the West Indies.

Joseph, who quit his job as a security guard just 18 months ago, found plenty of pace at the Gabba to rip through the Australian batting order.

He needed treatment before play – at one stage he considered not even travelling to the ground for day four – but recovered to bowl almost 12 match-winning overs.

Australia had cruised to 113-2 when Joseph bowled Cameron Green (42) and Travis Head in consecutive deliveries.

Despite Smith standing firm, Joseph worked his way through the Australian batting card before completing his side’s first Test victory against Australia anywhere in the world since 2003 when he cleaned up Josh Hazlewood.

“Tears would have come to my eyes but I already cried when I got my five-wicket haul [in the first Test],” said Joseph, who was named both man of the match and man of the series.

“It’s just happiness, when was the last time we won in Australia? I can’t even remember. Today’s a big day for us.

“I feel like we win the series even though it’s 1-1.”

The two teams will play three one-day internationals and three T20s next.

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 Edited by Jesus Chan

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