HOPE SPRINGS FOR HOLDER AS WINDIES SHOCK ENG­LAND

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

WEST INDIES cap­tain Ja­son Holder said he had never lost be­lief in his side af­ter they vin­di­cated his faith with a stun­ning five-wicket win over Eng­land in the sec­ond Test at Head­in­g­ley. The West Indies chased down a seem­ingly tough tar­get of 322 with more than four overs to spare on Tues­day’s fi­nal day. Shai Hope (pix) led the way with 118 not out as the West Indies won a Test in Eng­land for the first time in 17 years. None of Hope’s pre­vi­ous 11 Tests had yielded a hun­dred. But this match saw the 23-year-old Bar­ba­dos bats­man score two, with Tues­day’s knock fol­low­ing his first-in­nings 147. Opener Kraigg Brath­waite fell just five runs short of also scor­ing twin hun­dreds at Head­in­g­ley, com­bin­ing with Hope for two part­ner­ships worth 390 runs in to­tal, in­clud­ing a key stand of 144 on Tues­day. The West Indies will now head to Lord’s for next week’s third Test all square at 1-1 in the three-match se­ries fol­low­ing a win made all the more re­mark­able by their hu­mil­i­at­ing in­nings and 209-run de­feat in the first Test at Edg­bas­ton. “A lot of teams would have crum­bled com­ing back into the sec­ond Test match and prob­a­bly would not have given Eng­land the fight that we gave them,” the tow­er­ing all-rounder added. “I said at the be­gin­ning of this Test match that I back these guys to re­bound and there was no bet­ter way to do it.”

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