Last year he was a security guard. Today, he walked off the Adelaide Oval with 20,000 Aussie supporters giving him a standing ovation.
It’s stories like Shamar Joseph’s that make us love cricket, and the 24-year-old’s debut has shown there’s still a flame flickering in the West Indies.
Granted, the visitors have all but lost the first game after two days of characteristically dominant cricket from Australia. But Joseph’s 5/94, including the wicket of Steve Smith with his very first ball on the international stage, has given the tourists something to smile about after spending weeks under the pump from the press as a “second-rate” side that travelled to Australia purely for us to feast on.