Head coach, Stuart Law, says embattled West Indies are anxious to prove their worth, after enduring a storm of criticism over their humiliating innings defeat to England in the day-night opening Test at Edgbaston last weekend. "It was one of those moments, where I thought 'what am I doing?'". "He was still probably a little bit annoyed at himself for dropping me on 98, but it comes with the game".
The West Indies, with fast bowlers Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach sharing eight wickets between them, would have been in an even stronger position had they not dropped Ben Stokes (100) and Root (59) in the slips when both batsmen were in single figures.
As captain Holder, 25, was targeted more than most, particularly after some unusual tactical decisions including their delay in taking the new pink ball during the day-night Test.
Conditions in what was a standard red-ball clash looked set fair for batting when Root won the toss.
They batted with skill, authority, calmness and discipline and made sure West Indies achieved a first-innings lead over England in a Test for the first time since 2009. Root was first to fall, caught at slip by Jermaine Backwood sweeping at leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and Johnny Bairstow edged a drive at Gabriel and was taken at second slip by Holder for two.
Roland-Jones took 14 wickets in his first three internationals, including a five-wicket haul against South Africa, and Root said the seamer "has not done a lot wrong".
But there was no repeat of his Edgbaston century, with Root toe-ending a sweep off Bishoo to slip.
West Indies made two changes to its XI after being outplayed in the series-opener.
Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali managed to get 68 runs partnership, meanwhile Ben Stokes hit his Sixth test hundred.
As well as being dropped twice, he rode his luck and got away with several near-misses against the excellent Roach and Gabriel, who was deemed not fully fit to play in the first Test.
West Indies reached lunch at 109-3 at Headingley on Saturday, trailing England by 149 runs on Day 2 of the second cricket test.
But soon afterwards he was caught behind trying to pull off Gabriel.
The task for England's bowlers is to bail out their batsmen.
Tellingly, even Anderson could not rally the troops, conceding nine from his first visit of the session having allowed only 10 from his previous 12 overs.
There were also shortcomings with their application of the DRS, as three hopeful reviews were knocked back, but if it appeared that England's bad juju at Headingley - they have lost four of their last seven Tests on the ground - may be about to manifest itself again, Anderson was not about to concede matters.