Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

England captain Joe Root backs positive declaration despite Headingley defeat

England captain Joe Root backs positive declaration despite Headingley defeat

Shai Hope was the star as Windies upset all pre-match calculations by digging deep and carving out a five-wicket win over England at Headingley on Tuesday (August 29) to level the three-Test series at 1-1.

West Indies, set 322 for victory, finished on 322 for five with Hope making 118 not out-his second hundred of the match after his first-innings 147.

It is quite the turnaround from the Windies following an innings-and-209-run trouncing at Edgbaston - a defeat that left many former players bemoaning the current set-up - but they have silenced their critics in the most emphatic fashion, having bossed the majority of this Test.

Brathwaite had also been close to the same slice of history, but his perishing opened the door for Hope to take his place in the record books - his double standing alone in the 534-game history of first-class action at Headingley.

After sharing 246 to help the tourists to a first-innings lead of 169, Hope and Brathwaite again did the bulk of the work on Tuesday, putting on a further 144 for the third wicket. England captain Joe Root was left to lament the hosts' below-par first-innings 258 on his Yorkshire home ground.

Dropped catches were a constant feature throughout the Test and while the Windies were widely pilloried for failing to take their chances, England were just as culpable at times and Alastair Cook grassing Brathwaite on four had a decisive impact.

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This was only the fourth time a pair had registered two century stands together in a single test for the Windies and the first since Brian Lara and Ramnaresh Sarwan achieved the feat in 2001. Brathwaite's 180-ball innings, including 12 fours, meant the opener had batted for more than 10 hours in the match. But Jermaine Blackwood's response, with the Headingley floodlights shining bright on a gloomy day, was to loft Anderson's second delivery with the new ball for a stunning straight six.

Hope, the first West Indies batsman to score hundreds in both innings of a Test in England since Gordon Greenidge at Old Trafford in 1976, hit the winning runs with two off Chris Woakes as the West Indies won with 28 balls to spare.

Fifth day, on a used wicket against high-quality bowling, great knock [from Shai Hope].

Blackwood, who uppercut Broad for six over third man, tried to win the match in the grand manner.

The final match will now be played at the iconic Lord's from September 7.

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