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In the 27th over, Australia’s score is 78-3 with Khawaja at 37 and Head at 2. They are currently trailing by 111 runs as Alzarri Joseph enters his 11th over. Usman Khawaja faces the next delivery, using a hop to meet the ball on the rise and backhanding it fine for a quick run. Head also attempts to chase a similar delivery, causing a noise but no resulting run. Joseph then delivers a short ball, tempting Head to hit it square, but he resists. Joseph repeats this tactic, possibly having noticed previous instances of Head falling to the short ball, but Head once again avoids it.

In the 26th over, Australia’s score is 77-3 with Khawaja at 36 and Head at 2. Shamar Joseph is now bowling to Head, who has not had a successful season so far. However, his record against the West Indies is impressive, with 312 runs in four Tests at an average of 156 and a strike-rate of 90.4. What strategies have the West Indies team developed? Joseph starts with a short ball and then follows with a full one, but Head responds with a strong pull shot that only earns him a single. Khawaja keeps the strike by clipping the ball wide of mid-on.

In the 25th over, Australia’s score is 75-3 with Khawaja at 35 and Head at 1. Head scores his first run by tapping the ball through covers. Khawaja then aggressively pulls Alzarri Joseph’s delivery to the boundary near mid-on, earning his fifth four. Although his strike rate is below 48, it is still a strong performance. It should be noted that Khawaja was lucky to not get caught by keeper Da Silva yesterday when he was only at 6.

In the 24th over, Australia’s score is 69-3 with Khawaja at 31 runs and Head at 0. Shamar Joseph begins his eighth over as Australia trails by 119 runs. Khawaja chooses not to swing at the first two length balls. He attempts to hit the legside ball but is unsuccessful. Joseph’s bowling speed is in the high 130s and despite being short in stature, he has become a prominent figure in his hometown of Baracara, Guyana (population 350) due to his impressive performance in this Test match.

In the 23rd over, Australia’s score is 69-3 (with Khawaja at 31 and Head at 0). Alzarri Joseph makes his return and his initial delivery gets past Khawaja. On the fourth ball, Khawaja manages to score a single, marking his first runs of the day. Khawaja has had success at the Adelaide Oval with 392 runs at an average of 48. With an aggressive batter on the other side to keep the scoreboard moving, he can comfortably play his role as a steady contributor.

Shamar Joseph’s impressive debut continues! After being hit for two consecutive boundaries by Green, Joseph responds with a well-placed ball that forces Green into a defensive stroke. The ball then pops up and catches the feathered edge of the big all-rounder, resulting in Joseph claiming 3-27 and Green being dismissed.

Australia is currently at 67-2 in the 22nd over, with Khawaja at 30 and Green at 14. The current bowler for West Indies is Shamar Joseph. After a few dots, Green makes a strong statement with a boundary through backward point and a flick through midwicket.

During the 22nd over, Australia scored 59 runs while having two players, Khawaja and Green, on the field. Alzarri Joseph was the bowler, facing off against Usman Khawaja. The weather in Adelaide was cloudy and cool, with some West Indies players wearing jumpers. Joseph’s six balls were all delivered at a speed of over 130kph, but it didn’t seem to excite the players or the viewers. Khawaja played a defensive round, resulting in a scoreless over.

Joseph’s impressive debut overshadowed Australia’s Josh Hazlewood reaching 250 Test wickets, but I don’t think the modest New South Wales fast bowler would mind being outshined by a talented up-and-comer.

The Bendemeer Bullet’s impressive performance of taking four wickets in a row, with Hazlewood initially having a record of 4-14 before Joseph’s strong batting reduced his figures to 4-44, solidified Australia’s title as the only Test team to possess an attack consisting of four bowlers with over 250 wickets each. This is quite remarkable.

Yesterday, Shamar Joseph made a significant impact. He scored 36 runs in 41 balls, which is the highest score ever achieved by a West Indies No 11 player on debut. This also matches the international record set by English player Norman Cowans in 1982. Additionally, Joseph took a wicket with his first ball in Test cricket, making him the 23rd person in the history of the game to accomplish this feat.

“I will never forget this moment of having Steve Smith on my team,” said the young 24-year-old player after the game. “I plan on taking a photo and displaying it in my home as a reminder.”

Joseph had a clever strategy in mind for facing off against the Australian ace. He had observed Steve Smith’s performance in several Test matches and identified a potential weakness. Joseph planned to focus on hitting the top of off, as Smith tends to move around a lot while batting and can throw off a bowler’s line. Joseph stuck to this simple plan and managed to get Smith to edge the ball with some late movement away. Despite feeling tense, Joseph knew that bowling to Steve Smith would be a challenge.

Joseph mentioned that he had a feeling that he would accomplish something extraordinary. He shared, “I had some talks with the boys in the locker room and I predicted that I would take a wicket with my first ball!” He chuckled.

For those who arrived late, here’s a recap of what happened on Day One…

Good morning everyone, and welcome back to Adelaide Oval for the second day of the Guardian’s live commentary on the first Test match between Australia and West Indies for the Frank Worrell Trophy. I am Angus Fontaine, providing updates on the early sessions, while Geoff Lemon will take over later on.

The first day was fantastic – filled with talent, bravery, and excitement.

Pat Cummins made history by becoming the first captain in 44 years to win the toss and choose to bowl first in Adelaide. This decision proved successful as Cummins (4-41) and Josh Hazlewood (4-44) tore through the West Indies lineup, limiting them to a total of 188. However, the match was not without excitement as debutant Shamar Joseph (36) and Kemar Roach (17*) put on an impressive 55-run partnership for the last wicket. This unexpected display of resilience from the West Indies injected a new level of energy into the Test match and challenged Australia’s renowned bowling attack.

Joseph made a big impact and won over the hearts of many by taking the wickets of Australia’s Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne in his first Test cricket match. This helped the visiting team, currently ranked number one in the world, hold Australia to a score of 59-2 by the end of the day.

The 24-year-old fast bowler, who hails from the small village of Baracara along the isolated Canje River, has witnessed an incredible journey. Just a year ago, Joseph had given up his aspirations in cricket to work as a bouncer and logger to provide for his wife, two children, and eight siblings. However, in February 2023, he reignited his passion for the sport and after playing in only nine first-class matches, he has now earned a spot on the Test team.

Joseph, who is currently at a score of 2-12, has the chance to add even more shine to his already impressive Cinderella story this morning. He will be trying to dismiss Usman Khawaja (30* but previously dropped on 6) and Cameron Green (6*) who have been batting overnight. The conditions in Adelaide are cloudy and the pitch is full of unexpected elements, making it an exciting match. Plus, with local favorite Travis Head ready to come in after them, it promises to be an enjoyable and thrilling game.

Source: theguardian.com