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Brathwaite and Hope defy England in second Test

Brathwaite and Hope defy England in second Test”

After West Indies' impressive display with the ball on the first day, Kemar Roach had said he was expecting "big things" from the batsmen.

"In the winter against Australia, England will be in situations like this".

"We bowled well in patches but didn't do that consistently enough".

England seamer James Anderson: "It was a frustrating day. We still tried to get wickets rather than creating pressure", he said.

Last Saturday the Windies were being shredded from all sides after losing 19 wickets in a day at Edgbaston but here the Barbadian duo delved into their reserves of heart and skill to see their side to 329 for five and a lead of 71.

When Joe Root said before this game that he expected West Indies to bounce back from their awful defeat at Edgbaston, no one imagined he was being anything other than polite.

"We were under the pump for three days and it wasn't the best showing for us", said Holder. We were very clear before that Test about not having any pre-conceived ideas about how things might turn out and the same must happen in this match. It would have been nice if he had come into the dressing room to talk to the guys and express his displeasure to us.

From 109 for three at lunch, Brathwaite and Hope added 97 more in the middle session as the sun shone, the ball softened and spirits flagged in the field.

England, however, have made one change with captain Joe Root confirming Thursday that Chris Woakes had replaced Toby Roland-Jones.

However, the 28-year-old will need to hit the ground running to guarantee a starting spot in this winter's Ashes series after Roland-Jones took 14 wickets in his first three worldwide games, including a five-wicket haul against South Africa on debut.

Boycott was alleged to have said knighthoods were handed out like "confetti" to West Indies cricketers, including Sir Viv Richards, Sir Garfield Sobers and Sir Curtly Ambrose.

In 2002, India piled up a mammoth 628/8 decl, with Tendulkar - Yorkshire's first overseas player - making 193 in an innings where both Rahul Dravid (148) and Sourav Ganguly (128) also scored hundreds.

"It was a critical 134 that has restored West Indian pride and has got them controlling this game".

Perhaps that error gave the strapping, but seemingly sapped, Gabriel the second wind he required because England would not score another run after he bounced out centurion Stokes with a well-aimed short ball reminiscent of so many of his predecessors.

Joe Root can still remember his sense of disappointment when he first came to watch a Test at Headingley in the hope of seeing Sachin Tendulkar bat only for the India great to spend most of the day in the dressing room. "So restricting them to anything under that and we are still in the game".

The pair put on 246 for the fourth wicket until Stuart Broad bowled Brathwaite late in the day.



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