Moeen makes vital breakthrough but Test remains in the balance

Moeen makes vital breakthrough but Test remains in the balance

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.

What a five days. Hope hit 118 not out, his second hundred of the match after his first-innings 147 to become the first batsman to score hundreds in both innings of a first-class match at Headingley.

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.

Most remarkable of all was Hope, who hadn't hit a hundred in any of his previous 11 Tests.

Although none of them went on to dominate the innings with a century, the English batsmen put together a series of partnerships to fight back from a 169-run first innings deficit, and from 94-3 early in their second innings.

Broad should have struck in the fourth over of the morning, following a 15-minute delayed start due to drizzle, when Brathwaite, on 4, edged a lifting delivery towards first slip but it burst through the hands of Alastair Cook.

England's plight was summed up when Cook dropped Shai Hope on 106.

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"[He's got] plenty of courage, plenty of character and plenty of determination, and he played really well".

Moeen Ali was operating from the Kirkstall Lane End. Brathwaite's 180-ball innings, including 12 fours, meant the opener had batted for more than 10 hours in the match.

His wicket gave the home side an end to bowl at but Hope and Roston Chase accumulated steadily after the interval.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad beat the bat consistently under overcast skies but Kieron Powell and Brathwaite battled hard, rotating the strike well.

Nobody had ever made a century in both innings of a first-class match here at Headingley.

Blackwood, who uppercut Broad for six, tried to win the match in style but, having removed his helmet, he was stumped off Ali for 41, having put on a vital 74 with Shai Hope. The list of dropped chances was added to when Brathwaite offered a return catch to Broad which he couldn't hold, but the ball deflected into the non-striker's stumps with Hope well out of his ground.

England captain Joe Root was gutted to have lost, and said: "It was a great Test match for everyone watching, but it wasn't great to be on the losing day".

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