LEEDS, England (CMC):
Opener Kraigg Brathwaite carved out his sixth Test hundred while immensely talented stroke-maker Shai Hope gathered his first, as West Indies dominated England to take a surprise advantage on the second day of the second Test at Headingley yesterday.
Under heavy criticism following a heavy innings defeat inside three days last weekend, the Caribbean side responded strongly by piling up 329 for five in their first innings at the close - a lead of 71 heading into today's third day.
At the heart of the Windies enterprise were Brathwaite and Hope, who combined prudence and aggression to subdue England's much-vaunted seam attack.
Highest individual score
Hope was unbeaten on 147 at the close, an innings that has so far consumed six hours flat and lasted 252 balls, with 23 boundaries. The knock was also the highest individual score by a West Indies batsman in a Test in England in 22 years.
He was partnered by Jermaine Blackwood, who has already stroked four boundaries in a 23-ball 21.
Brathwaite, meanwhile, gathered 134 - a knock that included 17 fours and two sixes - and came from 249 deliveries in six hours and 20 minutes at the crease.
Together, he and Hope put on a superb 246 for the fourth wicket - the highest stand by the Windies in England in just over three decades - which pulled West Indies around from danger at 35 for three and saw them dominate the second session without losing a wicket.
Resuming the day on 19 for one, England threatened a repeat of the opening Test at Edgbaston when seamer Jimmy Anderson removed nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo in the fifth over of the day for one and then followed up by knocking over new batsman Kyle Hope for three.
Bishoo failed to add to his overnight score, wafting at a wide one and nicking a catch behind, while Kyle Hope was well caught by captain Joe Root diving low to his left at second slip.
However, any hopes England had of another collapse were soon dashed as Brathwaite and Hope played positively to take the Caribbean side to lunch on 109 for three.
Brathwaite, on 13 at the start, survived his share of anxious moments. On 35, he was given out leg before wicket (lbw) to seamer Stuart Broad only to be reprieved on review because of an inside edge.
And on 46, he was again adjudged lbw only for reviews to show the impact outside the line.
Brathwaite then released the tension by clearing the leg-side ropes off the very next delivery to raise his half-century, to be unbeaten on 63 at lunch, with Shai Hope on 33.
West Indies added a further 97 runs in the next session, with Brathwaite cruising to triple figures in style. He moved into the 90s with back-to-back offside boundaries off seamer Ben Stokes before lifting part-time off-spinner Tom Westley for a straight six off the penultimate delivery before tea to reach his landmark.
Shai Hope, meanwhile, looked in fine touch, moving into the 40s with a couple of boundaries off Anderson in the second over after lunch before reaching his half-century in the next over with a straight-driven four off seamer Chris Woakes.
On 85 at tea, with the Windies on 206, Shai eased into the 90s with a delightful cover drive for four off off-spinner Moeen Ali before stylishly pulling Stokes to the square boundary in the next over to move to 99.
A single to long leg off the next delivery brought him his maiden hundred in his 12th Test.
England 1st innings 258
West Idies 1st innings
(overnight 19 for one)
K. Brathwaite b Broad 134
K. Powell c Cook b Anderson 5
D. Bishoo c wkp Bairstow b Anderson 1
K. Hope c Root b Anderson 3
S. Hope not out 147
R. Chase c Cook b Stokes 5
J. Blackwood not out 21
Extras (b4, lb7, w2) 13
Total (5 wkts, 102 overs) 329
To bat: +S Dowrich, *J Holder, K Roach, S Gabriel.
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-31, 3-35, 4-281, 5-296.
Bowling: Anderson 23-7-46-3, Broad 20-2-73-1, Woakes 13-2-58-0, Stokes 22-8-60-1, Moeen Ali 20-3-69-0, Westley 4-0-12-0.
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney, S Ravi; TV - Marais Erasmus.