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England's Moeen Ali glad to make West Indies 'suffer'

England's Moeen Ali glad to make West Indies 'suffer'”

Along with fellow Bajan Kraigg Brathwaite's fine batting - he added 95 to his first-innings century - and the evident reawakened spirit in the team, this was an emphatic answer to Windies greats like paceman Curtly Ambrose who had called their Edgbaston performance "pathetic".

"We re Test cricketers for a reason, we have the fight, belief and players to do it". Appropriately, it was Hope who struck the winning runs with a legside flick for two off Chris Woakes.

Hope, who had scored his maiden test hundred with 147 in the first innings, batted for 211 balls for his unbeaten 118, playing with remarkable skill and composure to guide the Windies to victory.

Captain Joe Root declared with England on 490-8 in their second innings late on day four, giving West Indies six tricky overs to negotiate before the close. But Jermaine Blackwood's response, with the Headingley floodlights shining bright on a gloomy day, was to loft Anderson's second delivery with the new ball for a stunning straight six. However, middle-order batsman Shai Hope emerged as a real star for his side as she smashed two consecutive centuries in the Test. So when he came out here and scored the first one I told him to remember it and he came out and scored his second one so a lot of credit must go to him.

England will rue dropped catches - Alastair Cook spilled Hope and Brathwaite at first slip off Stuart Broad - but there could be no complaints about the defeat as Caribbean cricket enjoyed a dramatic reawakening.

This was also, excluding fixtures against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, just the West Indies fourth Test win away from home in 88 matches spanning 20 years. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite is, however, looking settled now.

"What a five days", Law told Sky Sports. I'm extremely proud of these two guys, they worked very hard and it's paying off. Only Australia, with 404 for 3 back in 1948, had made more to win in the fourth innings of a Headingley Test. "(He's got) plenty of courage, plenty of character and plenty of determination".

The ball cannoned off Broad's thigh to run out Hope's brother Kyle for a duck at the non-striker's end but, given what followed, England will have preferred Brathwaite to be the man walking off.

"He's been going through the form dip but he's looked in good nick".

"At no point were we complacent in the game - I'm really proud of the effort we showed to get in a position to win, but unfortunately it wasn't to be".



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