Hope: Leading WI to victory was my duty
LEEDS, England, (CMC):
West Indies batting hero Shai Hope said yesterday, that he saw it as his duty to see the team to victory on the epic fifth and final day of the second Test against England at Headingley.
Windies started the day on five without loss, chasing 322 for victory, and Hope made a superb 118 not out as the visitors won under lights after another enthralling day's play.
The win boosted the Windies hopes of redemption, especially following their innings defeat inside three days in the Edgbaston first Test, and now gives them a real sniff at a series win with one match left at Lord's.
"Someone had to do it, and that someone was me. Today was my day, and I felt I had to dig deep and take us home. This was a five-day battle, and we gave it all we had. It was a remarkable Test match," the 23-year-old said.
"I feel elated. We've worked hard as a team, and we're pleased to get over the line. I am a professional cricketer for a reason, so I always believe in myself. We fought hard throughout the game, so we needed to do well with the bat."
Hope added: "I'm just pleased to get the win. We needed this win. We fell way short in the first match, so we sat down, looked at ourselves, and came up with a plan on how to fight back, not just for ourselves as a team, but for the people who support us."