Brian Lara and Carl Hooper led an outpouring of emotion as legends, experts and fans processed one of the most thrilling and important victories in the history of West Indies cricket.
Lara was visibly emotional in the Fox Cricket commentary box as Shamar Joseph inspired an epic miracle victory with stunning figures of 7-68 in the second innings as the West Indies won by nine runs.
“This is unbelievable,” a teary Lara told Fox Cricket.
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“Twenty-seven years to beat Australia. Young, inexperienced, written off – this West Indies team can stand tall today. West Indies cricket can stand tall.
“Today is a big day in West Indies cricket. Congratulations to every member of that cricket team. What a wonderful occasion.”
Mark Howard released footage of Lara the moment Joseph took the last wicket of Josh Hazlewood and calypso chaos ensued.
Lara’s long-time teammate Carl Hooper was captured openly crying as he processed the magnitude of the result.
The result snapped a 27-year drought against Australia in Australia, claiming a stunning eight-run win at the Gabba.
The Aussies had a chance to complete a clean summer sweep if they could secure victory at the Gabba but it was Shamar Joseph who tore the Aussies apart.
Joseph’s effort was all the more remarkable considering he had left the field in agony on day three after he was hit on the toe by a Mitchell Starc yorker.
Social media lit up with experts, players and fans reacting to one of the great individual performances from Joseph and one of the great Test matches between two nations with proud cricket histories.
Even though he wasn’t expected to factor at all on the final day, Joseph did much more than that, ending a winless run against Australia dating back to 2003 or 20 Test matches (16 losses and four draws).
As for match in Australia, it was 17 Tests (15 losses, two draws) dating back to 1997 since the West Indies’ last win in Australia, in an era when the nation had the likes of Brian Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose among others.
Incredibly, Joseph wasn’t even supposed to play, revealing he wasn’t even going to come to the ground.
“I wasn’t even coming on the ground this morning,” he said after sealing the victory.
“I must give a shout out to Dr. Byam (West Indies team physiotherapist), he’s been an amazing doctor to me. He told me to come to the ground for a reason, even if it’s just to support the guys.
“But he did something to my toe, I don’t know what he did, but something worked.
“So I had time to go out there and bowl and bring this game home for my team.”
Originally published as Windies legends’ emotional reaction to Test shock for the ages