Fortress Gabba has been broken once again as West Indies stunned the hosts Australia in the day/night pink-ball Test at Brisbane by winning the second and last Test of the series by eight runs. It was Australia’s first day/night Test defeat as well as West Indies’ first Test win in Australia after 1997.
The 2024 Brisbane pink-ball Test was completely thrilling. Trailing the series by 1-0, West Indies chose to bat first in the day/night Test and scored 311 runs, thanks to fight-back from the middle and lower-order batters.
In their first innings, Australia were once struggling at 54/5. Opener Usman Khawaja (75), wicketkeeper-batter Alex Carey (65), and skipper Pat Cummins (64*) inspired the Aussies to score 289/9 before their strategic declaration.
In the third innings of the match, West Indies scored 193/9 as the last batter Shamar Joseph (3) retired hurt due to a foot injury during the innings.
West Indies won the match by eight runs, Shamar Joseph took 7 wickets in the fourth innings
Chasing down the 216 runs target in the fourth innings, Australia were bowled out for 207 runs. While the opener Steven Smith bravely fought with his unbeaten 91-run knock, unstoppable Shamar Joseph inspired the entire Caribbean team with his seven-wicket haul in the fourth innings. Joseph ended that innings with the incredible bowling figures 11.5-0-68-7.
With this Caribbean’s eight-run victory, the series also ended level by 1-1. However, Australia held the trophy.
Here are some key stats of the historic Australia vs West Indies 2024 Brisbane Test match.
Australia lost a day/night pink-ball Test match
After winning 11 successive Test matches, Australia first time lost a day/night pink-ball Test match.
West Indies beat Australia in Test cricket
Before this Brisbane Test, West Indies beat Australia in Australia in a Test match in February 1997 at Perth. So, West Indies recorded their first Test victory against the hosts Australia almost 27 years later.
Before this Brisbane Test, West Indies beat Australia in a Test match in the 2003 St John’s Test. So, West Indies claimed their first Test win against Australia after more than 20 years.
Previously, West Indies finished a Test match against Australia without a defeat in January 2016 at Melbourne.
The Frank Worrell Trophy
Since 1960/61, the Australia vs West Indies Test series has been known as The Frank Worrell Trophy. The Frank Worrell Trophy 2023/24 in Australia ended 1-1 as Australia won the first Test by 10 wickets at Adelaide, and West Indies won the last Test by eight runs at Brisbane.
Last time, Australia failed to win The Frank Worrell Trophy in 1999. After almost 24 years, Australia failed to win The Frank Worrell Trophy.
After the West Indies won The Frank Worrell Trophy 1992/93 season in Australia, it was the first time in 32 years of history that the hosts Australia failed to win The Frank Worrell Trophy.