Joseph cleared of toe fracture after Starc yorker

Murray Wenzel |

Shamar Joseph is helped off the field after being struck on the foot by a Mitchell Starc delivery.
Shamar Joseph is helped off the field after being struck on the foot by a Mitchell Starc delivery.

West Indies have been dealt a cruel injury blow in Brisbane after exciting quick Shamar Joseph was forced to retire hurt when a Mitchell Starc yorker pinned his foot.

Joseph was hit on the full and given out lbw for three at the Gabba on Saturday night, but the dismissal was reversed when replays showed Starc had bowled a no-ball.

The No.11 was unable to continue though, looking in severe pain as he immediately removed his shoe and was assisted off the field.

Joseph’s departure meant the West Indies innings was closed, the visitors setting Australia 216 to secure a 2-0 series clean sweep.

The quick did not return to the field as Australia moved to 2-60 but was later assessed and cleared of any fracture. 

However, his participation in the fourth innings remains in doubt.

“That’s a painful blow, you saw him straight away, right on the front of that boot,” Michael Vaughan said in Fox Sports commentary.

The 24-year-old has been a shining light for the visitors, taking a five-wicket haul on Test debut in Adelaide including the scalp of Steve Smith with his first delivery.

The tourists have not won a Test in Australia since 1997, going five completed series since a Brian Lara century set up a 10-wicket triumph in Perth 27 years ago.

AAP