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Headingley Test evenly poised as England fight back

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West Indies captain Jason Holder led his team admirably as the Windies continued to chip away against England in the second Test match at Headingley.

Holder played some brave shots in an attacking 43 as Windies made 427 to secure a vital first innings lead of 169. He then produced an accurate spell of seam bowling to take 2-44 as England closed on 171-3 – a lead of two runs in the second innings. 

The 25-year-old removed Alastair Cook for 23, and Tom Westley, for eight – as both edged outswingers behind to keeper Shane Dowrich. Later in the final session Shannon Gabriel produced a superb delivery to clean bowl Mark Stoneman for 52, the topscorer so far.

Earlier in the day Holder shared a 75-run partnership with Jermaine Blackwood, who made 49 – with seven fours off 63 balls – to follow up his stroke-filled 79 not out in the first Test.

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

Summarised scores: ENGLAND 258 (Ben Stokes 100, Joe Root 59, Chris Woakes 23; Shannon Gabriel 4-51, Kemar Roach 4-71) and 171-3 (Mark Stoneman 52, Joe Root 45 not out, Alastair Cook 23; Jason Holder 2-44) WINDIES 427 (Shai Hope 147, Kraigg Brathwaite 134, Jermaine Blackwood 49, Jason Holder 43; Jimmy Anderson 5-76)