Law urges Windies to create history

September 06, 2017
Windies batsman Shai Hope (front) is congratulated by teammate Jermaine Blackwood on reaching his century during day five of the the second cricket Test match between England and West Indies at Headingley, Leeds, England, last week. (Nigel French/PA via AP)

 

LONDON (CMC):

Head coach Stuart Law wants to see the resurgent West Indies build on their good work from Headingley and pull off something special in the third Test starting tomorrow at Lord's.

Speaking yesterday, Law was his usual forthright self, indicating that the Windies were looking to match England's skill in the decisive match at the home of cricket.

The Caribbean side lost the first Test in three days by an innings at Edgbaston, but hit back to win by five wickets in the second contest.

"I'm immensely proud of the boys ... to come out and produce what they did was an amazing turnaround," the Australian said.

"Now we've reached Lord's - the home of cricket - and everyone is excited and talking about what could be a great end to the series. There's the whole sense of occasion - walking into the pavilion, seeing the greats on the walls, the added media attention and all that comes with a Test match at Lord's."

He continued: "We did the hard work at Headingley and we know only hard work will do it for us again here. Before the series, I told the players to make their own history, to chart their paths and to make a statement to the world that we can compete with the best."

 

First series victory

 

A win at Lord's would hand the regional side their first series victory in England in nearly three decades and their first over England in eight years.

The victory at Headingley was the first Test win over England in 17 years and it came courtesy of 23-year-old stroke-maker Shai Hope, who scored a century in both innings as the visitors chased down 322 on the final day.

The right-hander made 118 not out - with 14 boundaries off 211 balls - to lead the Windies run chase and it came on the back of his first innings 147. He became the first batsman to score two centuries in a first-class match at Headingley - the 534th first-class fixture at the venue and 76th Test match.

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