England vs West Indies: Can't think of a bigger upset, says Michael Atherton after visitors' epic comeback

West Indies' stunning second Test win over England at Headingley was the biggest upset in the recent history of Test cricket, according to former England captain Michael Atherton.

AFP, Aug,30 2017

London: West Indies' stunning second Test win over England at Headingley was the biggest upset in the recent history of Test cricket, according to former England captain Michael Atherton.

Humiliated in an innings and 209-run defeat in the first Test, the tourists hit back to complete a sensational five-wicket victory, inspired by a pair of centuries from Barbados batsman Shai Hope.

Shai Hope scored a century in both innings of the Test match. Image Courtesy: Twitter @ICC

Shai Hope scored a century in both innings of the Test match. Image Courtesy: Twitter @ICC

Writing in The Times on Wednesday, Atherton said England fans expecting to see another comfortable home win instead witnessed "a resurrection... of a once-proud cricketing nation fallen on hard times".

"This was one of the great modern Test matches, one that produced a truly astonishing result," he added.

"In my time watching, playing and commentating on Test cricket I cannot think of a bigger upset when taking into account the low expectations for a team with a horrendous away record who had subsided to a three-day defeat only the week before.

"No one gave West Indies a prayer before the match, nor before the last day."

It was West Indies' first Test win in England in 17 years and only their fourth Test win away from home against a team other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in 20 years.

Hope, 23, had not scored a century in his 11 previous Tests, but became the first man to amass two hundreds in a first-class match at Headingley in the ground's 127-year history.

Kraigg Brathwaite, 24, combined with Hope for two partnerships worth a total of 390 runs and Atherton believes the pair could help West Indies recover their global standing.

"These two players, 24 and 23 years of age respectively, represent the future of West Indies cricket and, on this evidence, greener pastures lie ahead," Atherton wrote.

"Brathwaite will become a high-class accumulator, but Hope has the chance to be even better than that, stylish and fluent as he is.

"He has always been known for eye-catching shots but, here, in the course of two innings, he became a Test match batsman in the round, attaching those shots to a cast-iron defence and a commitment to lasting the course."

The three-match series concludes at Lord's next week.

Published Date: Aug 30, 2017 | Updated Date: Aug 30, 2017




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1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
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2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 6871 116
4 New Zealand 6550 115
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
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1 Pakistan 3272 126
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 3547 122
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 England 2402 114