"I'm very proud of them, and of the two young guys who scored the runs".
Brathwaite and Hope, who both starred in the West Indies' first innings, steadied the ship with a 145-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries. The win, West Indies' first in a Test in England for 17 years, was all the more impressive as just over a week earlier they had been thrashed by an innings and 209 runs inside three days in the series opener at Edgbaston.
The West Indies, set a seemingly imposing 322 for victory, finished on 322 for five with 28 balls to spare.
West Indies seemed to be pulling things back when they grabbed three wickets for just 27 runs in the second session to reduce England to 357 for seven at tea - a lead of 188 runs - but Ali and Woakes then posted 117 for the eighth wicket to keep their side on top in the final session. Soon after, Hope reached his hundred and the pair carried on without much fuss - although Blackwood hit Broad for another six - to within two runs of victory when Blackwood tried to finish it in style off Moeen but was stumped for 41. This was not an opportunity to pass up and Jermaine Blackwood signalled his intentions nearly immediately with a larruped four over midwicket off Moeen and two wild hacks at Woakes.
West Indies' Shai Hope recorded a second hundred of the match at Headingley on day five.
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"(Hope) played exceptionally well - on the fifth day, against high-quality bowling, it was a great knock", said Root, whose two fifties in the match were eclipsed by Brathwaite and Hope.
"[He's got] plenty of courage, plenty of character and plenty of determination - for a 24-year-old, that's a lot to have".
"Honestly, I was thinking of staying out there as long as possible for the team".
They must have had a real hard look at themselves after Edgbaston, Stuart Law will have to take lots of cricket for galvanising the side. "It's just about delivering on the big stage and no better time [than] to come to England and do it".
I hope Root doesn't get castigated for declaring, I thought it was an excellent declaration - leaving him six overs last night and I thought that was the way to go. I, for one, was saying they should be playing against Ireland, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe and they bounced back with a performance like that.