Cricket: West Indies stun Australia for incredible test series-levelling victory

West Indies speedster Shamar Joseph has bowled through pain to rip through shellshocked Australia and help deliver an extraordinary eight-run upset for his inexperienced side on day four of the second test at Brisbane.

Forced to retire hurt from a toe-crushing Mitchell Starc yorker the previous evening, Joseph bounced back to claim six wickets in a session and 7/68 overall to lift West Indies to their first test win downunder since 1997, as Australia were bowled out for 207 in pursuit of 216.

Steve Smith (91 not out) farmed the strike to protect Josh Hazlewood (0), but it was to no avail, as Joseph sent the tailender's offstump flying to register the win that sent the tourists running in celebration at the Gabba.

The West Indies celebrate.
The West Indies celebrate. Photo credit: Getty Images

Before the West Indies were dismissed for 193 in their second dig, Australia skipper Pat Cummins courageously declared at 289/9, with his side still behind the visitors' first-innings total of 311.

Australia prevailed by 10 wickets in the first test at Adelaide, as the series ends 1-1.

Joseph, 24,  who had been sent to the hospital for scans, recovered sufficiently by day four to bowl over Cameron Green (42) and Travis Head, who made a king pair, in consecutive deliveries to keep alive West Indies hopes.

Mitchell Marsh (10) fell next, juggled between the slipsmen, and Alex Carey (2) soon had his stumps rattled, as Joseph's fiery afternoon rampage continued.

Resuming from 33 overnight, Smith continued to accumulate, while Starc opted for aggression, blasting a 14-ball 21, before presenting debutant Kevin Sinclair at backward point his third catch for the game.

Caught behind, Cummins added two, before becoming Joseph's sixth victim in a lionhearted 11-over spell, which reduced the hosts to 187/8 at the major break.

One ball after spilling a caught-and-bowled chance, Alzarri Joseph (2/62) captured Nathan Lyon's (9) bottom-edge  to have Australia nine down and trailing by 21, forcing Smith to up the ante by scooping a six over fine-leg, but in the end, the hosts sensationally fell just short.

The final margin embodies an enthralling contest in which both sides experienced periods of ascendancy, but the West Indies, who fielded four debutants in the series, had to overcome their share of bad luck.

With Australia reeling at 72/5 in their first innings, Shamar Joseph fired a full ball through Carey, on eight of an eventual 65, only to have the heavier light-up bails stay within the grooves.

Further misfortune befell Joseph, who lit up the first test in with a debut five-wicket haul and handy runs from No.11, when his Starc-induced injury prevented him from extending the lead and later bowling at the end of day three.