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Windies in control after Brathwaite, Hope tons

Chris Woakes and bowling coach Ottis Gibson during nets Chris Woakes and bowling coach Ottis Gibson during nets
Vera Richards | 27 August, 2017, 00:43

Shai Hope was 147 not out - his maiden Test century - after sharing a fourth-wicket stand of 246 with opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who made 134.

The West Indies head into today's match after an innings and 209-run defeat in the inaugural day-night Test in England at Edgbaston.

West Indies captain Jason Holder said increased patience with the ball and greater fight with the bat were the keys to his side's improved showing in the second Test against England at Headingley.

And Roach was to join him on four wickets when Chris Woakes feathered a cut shot through to Dowrich on 23, meaning England were all out for 258 inside 71 overs. To try and make sure that we leave this week having won the series is really important for us as a side'. West Indies' Darren Sammy and South Africa pair Hashim Amla and Morne Morkel are also in the squad. And he wanted all the more to lay on a show.

"After a loss like that, you always feel a little underconfident but we've been honest with our assessment. all the boys are very honest with the assessment of what went on and we're aiming to put it right over the next five days", the Australian explained.

They were vilified and mocked - even by their own stars from the past - but here they deserve only praise for the way they defied England's bowlers.

Woakes was unfortunate not to do so, testing Hope with a couple of near-unplayable deliveries, but Brathwaite was digging his heels in. He only bowled four overs out of the first 52, despite nearly taking a wicket with his fourth ball and seeing Hope edge on the bounce to slip with the last delivery before lunch.

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It was left to Root and Stokes to stem their advance until England's captain was dismissed, tickling an attempted sweep off Devendra Bishoo to Jermaine Blackwood at first slip.

If the team of 17 years ago was not as menacing as the one that inflicted successive "blackwashes" on England in the mid-1980s, it still had players of the calibre of Ambrose, fellow fast bowler Courtney Walsh and star batsman Brian Lara.

Woakes had become a mainstay in all three worldwide formats, but a side strain suffered barely two overs into England's Champions Trophy opener against Bangladesh at The Oval in June put him out of action for 11 weeks.

Alastair Cook, who made 243 at Edgbaston, was out for 11 on Friday when England's all-time leading Test run-scorer edged Gabriel low to Kyle Hope at third slip.

From flirting with a disastrous day that would have knocked the stuffing out of the tourists - and all interest out of the series - the day ended with the possibility of the West Indies compiling a substantial three-figure lead.

Ben Stokes egded on 9 by Gabriel but was dropped by Roston Chase in the slip.

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