Brathwaite, Hope star as Windies register stunning series-levelling win

Bangladesh and Australia captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Steve Smith during the toss

Bangladesh and Australia captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Steve Smith during the toss

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.

"I think it's put a lot of doubters out there to bed", Law told Sky Sports.

West Indies have not won a Test in England in 17 years and following their humbling innings defeat inside three days at Edgbaston last weekend, the odds are already on another defeat on Tuesday.

It signalled a coming-of-age for Hope, who averaged just 18.61 in his previous 21 Test innings, but lined up England's attack superbly to follow up his first-innings 147 - his maiden century - with a hundred off 175 balls.

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It was the fourth highest ever run-chase in Test cricket by the West Indies and also the third highest in England. "I'm very proud of them, and of the two young guys who scored the runs", added the former Australia batsman after the West Indies, set a seemingly stiff 322 to win, finished on 322 for five with 28 balls left.

However, middle-order batsman Shai Hope emerged as a real star for his side as she smashed two consecutive centuries in the Test.

Having successfully steered his team through six nervy overs before stumps yesterday, Brathwaite was relieved to see an edge off Stuart Broad put down by Cook in the slips. Hope was the more fluent and stylish, his half-century coming off just 70 deliveries compared to the 98 balls it took Brathwaite, but both played straight, the recipe for success on a pitch with uneven bounce, and took advantage of scoring opportunities when they presented themselves.

But it was not until the stroke of tea that Windies lost their third wicket when Brathwaite edged Moeen Ali to Stokes at slip.

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But I disagree. To score 322 in the fourth innings was a hell of a lot of runs.

Brathwaite s 180-ball innings, including 12 fours, meant the opener had batted for more than 10 hours in the match.

England's captain Joe Root (right) talks to Stuart Broad (left) and James Anderson (centre) during day five. 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.

It proved the one that got away as Brathwaite rode his luck to contribute a further match-shaping 91 runs in a crucial stand with Hope, who was also grassed by Cook after he had passed his hundred, the final nail in England's coffin.

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