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Brathwaite, Hope stroke centuries as West Indies take first innings lead

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Windies batsmen Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope spoke to members of the media after the second day of the second Test match against England at Headingley. They scored superb centuries to put Windies in a strong position at 329-5 – a first innings lead of 71 – after they dismissed England for 258 on the opening day.

Brathwaite made 134 – his sixth Test century, second against England and first in England. The 24-year-old faced 249 balls and hit 17 fours a two sixes – the second over long-on which brought up the century.

Hope closed at 147 not out off 252 balls with 23 boundaries. It was a maiden Test century for the 23-year-old and the landmark came off 159 balls with 17 fours.

The pair came together during a challenging morning when Windies were 35-3. They added a record 246 runs for the fourth wicket which spanned five hours off 69 overs.

This was the highest partnership for West Indies in England since the memorable unbroken 287 between Gordon Greenidge and Larry Gomes in the famous victory at Lord’s in 1984.

The match continues on Sunday. First ball is 11am (6am Eastern Caribbean Time/5am Jamaica Time).

Summarised scores: ENGLAND 258 (Ben Stokes 100, Joe Root 59; Shannon Gabriel 4-51, Kemar Roach 4-71) WINDIES 329-5 (Shai Hope 147 not out, Kraigg Brathwaite 134, Jermaine Blackwood 21 not out; James Anderson 3-46)