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It was Shai Hope's innings which offered so much for West Indies but one which also left so much undone

It's not over until it's over. It is a figure of speech that is used in a variety of contexts in the sport. Sometimes it is designed in such a way that teams try, if out of things, the old "you never know," said more in hope than belief. Other times, it is used to warn teams or players, on the upper side against complacency. This was a day that was really over until it was over. With ten laps left, West Indies were on top. By the close, England were.

For most of the time on Barbados there were to admire things from the West Indies " blow a man. True, the pitch was flat, and on the slow side, contains no demons, and four wickets in the last ten laps, opened up their good work earlier in the day. But the ranking at the top showed meetings a lot of persistence and no small skill in the first two and a half. And if the most recognized, the skill in West Indies' squad before the series began, had doubted the most, that you have the determination and strength, England problems. Although the late proves collapse, there is work to do there, its opening salvo in this regard was decent enough.

Debutant John Campbell came furiously, and as he then was, with the score on 50, Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai hope added 73 for the second wicket, by your team in the way from the top to the platform, which had apparently gone AWOL the last year. Although two wickets threatened in two balls from Ben Stokes in the short derail, Roston Chase, hope, and Shimron Hetmeyer has contributed before the end of the break you made 264 for 8 in the vicinity. It was, at least, a performance which suggested that England might say things in their own way in this series to the extent that some were before.

Some of the West Indies' batting was not pretty. Brathwaite and Chase are unlikely to win many awards for aesthetics, but also here you have to fill a good job with the crease and hitting the bad ball. Hetmeyer, oozing a youthful arrogance and freedom, said in England, he would not be intimidated, and I Hope, a much better view and to have your something. Hetmeyer time is not, in the morning to his 56, but it was offered the hope of the innings today, so much for the West Indies, but also left so much undone.

Hope that the career of up-defined date, twin hundreds in the West Indies' famous victory over England in Headingley in the year 2017. From the moment of his debut against England on this ground in the year 2015, it was obvious that he had a noble shot and the style for the top-level, but these two innings in Leeds, suggested that it was much, much substance. It was thought it was a coming of age for the hope and, in fact, that the young West Indies team. But it did not work.

This could only Hope that the fourth half-century since this Test, in Leeds, in 27 innings. There are no hundreds have been and, while there are only six single figure scores in this time, he's stalling to keep seems to be in the 20s and 30s. Far from a coming-of-age, his performance in Headingley has looked, at times, like an unbearable burden.

But here, there were glimpses of hope, to recognize the English Fans. There were the two early moves straight Stokes, the skimmed milk is fast to the limit, almost to say to England: "Remember me, guys?" It was the determination in his eyes and demeanor. He had to smile, strange, with Brathwaite between overs, but otherwise it was business time. Cool, calm, and collected. To Sam Curran unwise fell short and Hope disdainfully knocked him through square-leg. Perhaps he had intended, but he was not ready to look a gift horse in the mouth.

Hope 50 passed from 126 balls. It was the innings of a proper number three, England's former batsman Jonathan Trott at his best, or India, Cheteshwar Pujara now, albeit with more momentum. Hope the hard work had made, without really put a foot wrong, apart from a touch early against Stokes, and looked set for a big one. It was a Golden opportunity to do that. Trott and Pujara surely would be the questions do not need to, twice.

James Anderson has seen it all before, of course. Countless batsmen have their bats, as he has to run up in the bowl, they think they are, think they are in control, they believe they can get through it. And then you are not. Paste in the Hope that the number today.

Anderson was enjoying his usual economical mood, obviously, that he was back in the action after feeling like a spare part on the spin-friendly surfaces of Sri Lanka. His first 13 rounds cost only six runs and although he did not find, as a lot of movement with the first new ball, as he cricket at home, there is no one better in the world of bowling "dry". Here, he was positive of the Sahara.

Then the decisive moment of the day. Return for a third spell, Anderson nipped a good length ball just slightly in the rights of hope, as the batsman attempted to cut. It was enough to the inner edge of Ben Foakes behind the stumps did the rest.

The ball was not the best shot, probably too close for the shot. Hope looked off balance as he played it with his weight back instead of to the ball, although it may have been because he expected it to be with him again. In the end it was a half-hearted way that looked normal. He lingered in the crease for a moment, clearly dismayed. After the doubt and the uncertainty, know Hope, a batsman has to live, while a poor run, this moment was all behind him. Still a mistake, and he was gone.

Until then, West Indies were on top and England were likely to begin to wonder whether, without the additional pace and bounce of Stuart Broad, the right course of action, which on a sluggish pitch. But, as so often, Anderson got his man. And then he got three more with a fine spell with the second new-ball bowling in the last hour of struggling, the game England's way. His post-game ice bath will be very much more tolerable with figures of 24 overs, 12 maidens, four wickets for 33 from behind him.

The swing in momentum, the game was a hard lesson for the West Indian Islands, just as Anderson, the rejection of the hope for your number three, a player, in anything, but the hard lessons over the past year. But this is the core of the game. It is relentless, it is unforgiving and Anderson was handing out this kind of teaching at the top level for 15 years. For Hope, he can take solace, at least, that it was enough to remind, in his innings of 57, the each of its class, and would suggest that there is more to come. But he will not know that it is enough for today. Anderson, the master, but again, the trainees showed the way.

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