England suffered the agony of a historic four-wicket defeat as the West Indies celebrated the return of Test cricket in the most emphatic style.

Not since 2007 have the Windies gone 1-0 up away from home, and against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic as well as the Black Lives Matter movement, this was a win for the ages.

Either side could have triumphed on the last day with a target of 200 on the board, and there can be no doubting the efforts put in by the likes of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood to fire England home.

But guided by a stunning knock of 95 from Jermaine Blackwood, who took his team from 27-3 to 189-6 before he was eventually caught at mid-off, the West Indies rolled back the years in emotional fashion.

Holder led the Windies to their first 1-0 lead on away soil since 2007

“It was one of the best wins I've ever been involved in,” said Windies skipper Jason Holder. “Day four was probably the best day I've ever had in Test cricket.

“It was hard-fought cricket and everything I asked of the guys they gave me, it was a real team effort and I'm delighted.

“I missed the Barmy Army. But it was a level playing field without the crowds. It's been a good start back to international cricket, it sets the series up quite nicely."

Ben Stokes and his side will be cursing their own dropped catches and mistakes though that let the Windies off the hook on the final day, and in the end Blackwood's three lives mattered.

Both teams and the umpires took the knee at the start of the Test match

He should have been caught down the leg side by Jos Buttler when he had made just 20, but the England gloveman couldn't react quickly enough and dropped the straightforward chance.

England probably didn't feel too worried as the next chance arrived in minutes when Zak Crawley could have thrown to either end for a run out, but failed to pick up the ball.

Blackwood then edged Stokes to Rory Burns in the gully at catchable height only to grab at thin air. Three missed chances in half an hour was careless and it cost them.

The win for the tourists does set things up nicely fitting that Holder was out there in the middle on 14 not out as John Campbell hit the winning runs.

The same Campbell who had earlier retired hurt thanks to a thunderbolt from Archer that smashed into his right foot and may well have broken a toe.

Archer was outstanding. Operating in the high 80s and using his probing accuracy and aggression he produced the sort of spell at the start of the day that threatened to turn the match into a procession.

First he invalided poor Campbell before accounting for Kraigg Brathwaite, a previous hero of Headingley, with one that squeezed off the inside edge and between the pads to hit the stumps.

Shamarh Brooks was the next to go for a duck, absolutely plumb lbw, without any need for a review, and Archer was flying.

He also got rid of Roston Chase with perhaps the most brutal ball of the match, short and fast and gloved behind.

The Windies though were brave in the face of England's pace as they have been throughout from the moment they took the decision to come to a Covid-19 global hotspot.

Holder was brave to hold back his bowling in the warm up game and then deliver in the Test, while man-of-the-match Shannon Gabriel took nine wickets and put his sore body on the line in the best way possible.