England v West Indies: Headingley defeat for Root's men
- Author: Sylvester Abbott Aug 30, 2017,
Aug 30, 2017, 1:52
Despite his side's struggles in the longest format in recent years, Holder believed such performances were always within West Indies capabilities, and hailed the victory as just rewards for some previously unheralded toil.
With England having set a formidable target - the Windies started the day needing 317 with all wickets intact - on a turning pitch and under cloud cover, the two young batsmen negotiated their testing examinations superbly.
West Indies seemed to be pulling things back when they grabbed three wickets for just 27 runs in the second session to reduce England to 357 for seven at tea - a lead of 188 runs - but Ali and Woakes then posted 117 for the eighth wicket to keep their side on top in the final session.
After being in control for the first three days, West Indies is now up against it and needs the second-highest total to win a test at Headingley, and the highest since Don Bradman's Australia team made 404-3 batting last in 1948.
Opener Kraigg Brathwaite had earlier struck a solid 95 after being dropped by Alastair Cook on four.
Moeen Ali was operating from the Kirkstall Lane End.
Roston Chase (30 off 58) chipped away at the target, frustrating England in obdurate fashion before launching Chris Woakes to mid-on where substitute fielder Mason Crane, only just on the park, grabbed a fine diving catch. England then took the new ball with Windies 266 for 4 off 80 overs and gave it to Anderson. So when he came out here and scored the first one I told him to remember it and he came out and scored his second one so a lot of credit must go to him.
Shai Hope s single off Broad completed a superb century off 175 balls, including 13 fours, as he became the first West Indian to score hundreds in both innings of a Test in England since Gordon Greenidge at Old Trafford in 1976.
They ultimately took the game away from the West Indians after tea on the fourth day.
"Shai Hope played exceptionally well", said Root.
Blackwood, who uppercut Broad for six over third man, tried to win the match in the grand manner.
Jermaine Blackwood's made 41 while Hope who hit the winning runs finished unbeaten on 118.
The series concludes with the third Test at Lord's starting on September 7.