Jermaine Blackwood and Jason Holder helped give Windies a sizeable first-innings lead in the second Test against England at Headingley after James Anderson struck twice at the start of Sunday’s (August 27) third day.
Windies were bowled out for 427, a lead of 169 runs, in reply to England’s 258, after lunch had been delayed by 30 minutes with the tourists nine wickets down.
It was a remarkable turnaround given that Windies had lost 19 wickets inside a day while being dismissed for just 168 and 137 during last week’s innings and 209-run defeat at Edgbaston in the first of a three-Test series.
After Anderson’s double strike, Blackwood (49) and Holder (43), the captain, put on 75 for the eighth wicket.
Anderson, now three away from becoming the first England bowler to take 500 Test wickets, led the attack with 5 for 76 in 29 overs.
Windies resumed the third morning on 329 for 5, a lead of 71, with Shai Hope batting on 147. Together with Kraigg Brathwaite, the opener who made 134, he had shared a stand of 246 for the fourth wicket on Saturday.
Their partnership was Windies’ highest for any wicket in a Test in England since Gordon Greenidge (214 not out) and Larry Gomes (92 not out) added an unbeaten 287 for the second wicket at Lord’s in 1984.
But thoughts of Hope going on to 150 ended when, without adding to his overnight score, he was caught behind off the opening ball of the morning from Anderson.
Hope, a 23-year-old Barbadian, batted for more than five hours and faced 253 balls including 23 fours in what was his maiden Test hundred.
Next ball, Shane Dowrich nicked Anderson to Joe Root, the England captain, at second slip and Windies were 329 for 7.
But Holder survived Anderson’s hat-trick ball with a solid forward defensive shot. The next over saw Blackwood, still on his overnight 21, mistime a drive off Stuart Broad only for Moeen Ali to drop a routine catch at mid-on.
The diminutive Blackwood and the towering Holder bolstered their side’s position with several excellent shots.
Holder pulled Broad resoundingly for four to extend the lead beyond 100. It was the first of the allrounder’s three fours in as many balls off the paceman, Holder following up with a well-timed shot through point before unfurling a textbook front-foot drive between cover and mid-off.
Holder eventually fell when he miscued a lofted drive off Chris Woakes and Moeen, running back at mid-off, took a well-judged catch over his shoulder — a far harder chance than the one he had dropped.
Blackwood, who in common with Holder hit seven fours, was then run out by Ben Stokes’s throw to Jonny Bairstow, the wicketkeeper. That left Windies on 406 for 9.
Shannon Gabriel, the last man, should have gone for nought but Mark Stoneman dropped a routine short-leg catch off Moeen. Gabriel then got off the mark with a straight driven six off the same bowler.
Stokes, reprimanded by the International Cricket Council for swearing on Saturday, had his patience tested when Gabriel successfully reviewed an appeal for a catch at gully.
But two balls later, Stokes ended the innings when Gabriel was lbw, with the review goin