West Indies’ bid to win the second Test against Australia suffered a major blow after Shamar Joseph retired injured during his team’s second innings.
Joseph was hit on the toe by a yorker from Mitchell Starc and had to depart, ending the West Indies’ second innings on 193 with Australia at 216 to win.
The young gun had initially been dealt heavyweight, but a review showed Starc had not played a ball, but Joseph was in too much pain to continue.
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The fullback eventually took off his sock and shoe and fell to the ground in agony as he was helped off the field.
“It’s a painful blow… not a great sight at all,” England legend Michael Vaughan said on Fox Cricket.
Commentator Mark Howard added: “He’s got a lot of problems… there are serious concerns.”
Joseph’s grimace as he departed was an unfortunate sight, as the 24-year-old was unlikely to play in Australia’s second innings.
The cameras also filmed his bleeding toe.
“It must be a broken toe, right?” asked Mark Waugh after viewing the footage after the incident.
The fast bowler’s injury was an unfortunate way to end the West Indies innings, having started the day at 1-13.
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Kraigg Brathwaite and Kirk McKenzie combined for a 50-run partnership to start the first session, before the former was dismissed for 16.
A steady stream of wickets kept Australia in the match with McKenzie (41), Alick Athanaze (35), Kavem Hodge (29) and Justin Greaves (33) failing to continue their starts.
Greaves’ departure came at 7-184, with the latter failing to add too many points to the scoreline.
Kevin Sinclair’s 14 not out from 59 runs signaled West Indies’ defensive intent in the final session with him and Kemar Roach (1) combining for a one-run partnership from 29 balls.
Eventually West Indies were all out for 193 when Joseph had to leave the field injured as Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon finished with three wickets each.
Australia had just under an hour and a half left to play under the lights with the match hanging in the balance.
Usman Khawaja (10) and Marnus Labuschagne (5) both fell before stumps, with Steve Smith not out on 33.
Cameron Green also finished with a score of 9 and survived a massive late night weight call against the bowling of Justin Greaves.
Australia finished the night at 2-60, needing 156 runs to win.
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