"I woke up this morning and sent a text in our team chat and told the guys to believe, just go and believe and execute our plans".
Hope, who became the first batsman in history to score two centuries in each innings of a first-class game at Headingley, was brilliantly supported by opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite, who scored a magnificent 95.
It signalled a coming-of-age for Hope, who averaged just 18.61 in his previous 21 Test innings, but lined up England's attack superbly to follow up his first-innings 147 - his maiden century - with a hundred off 175 balls.
West Indies coach Stuart Law praised his side for the way they responded to their humiliating first Test defeat by England to level the series with a stunning five-wicket win at Headingley on Tuesday.
West Indies' Shai Hope recorded a second hundred of the match at Headingley on day five.
There seemed little danger of a Windies win when Joe Root declared his side's second innings on 490 for 8 late on Monday'sfourth day.
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After sharing 246 to help the tourists to a first-innings lead of 169, Hope and Brathwaite again did the bulk of the work on Tuesday, putting on a further 144 for the third wicket.
Stuart Broad had a hand in both wickets to fall on the final morning at Headingley - literally in the case of a freakish run out of Kyle Hope - but Kraigg Brathwaite escaped two dropped catches to continue his outstanding match. Thus setting Windies 322 runs to win.
As the day wore on, Alastair Cook's early miss, dropping Brathwaite at first slip off Broad with the Windies on just 11 without loss, had looked ever more costly.
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England's plight was summed up when Cook dropped Shai Hope on 106. "(He's got) plenty of courage, plenty of character and plenty of determination". Brathwaite's 180-ball innings, including 12 fours, meant the opener had batted for more than 10 hours in the match. The list of dropped chances was added to when Brathwaite offered a return catch to Broad which he couldn't hold, but the ball deflected into the non-striker's stumps with Hope well out of his ground. Appropriately, it was Hope who struck the winning runs with a legside flick for two off Chris Woakes.
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