Captain Joe Root makes century in England's first day-night test match

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 20, 2017

Rain halted a promising West Indies fightback after opener Alastair Cook struck his third career double hundred to put England in command of the day-night opening Test at Edgbaston here yesterday.

Alastair Cook's 243 carried England to 514-8 declared against the West Indies and a powerful position on Day 2 of the day-night test on Friday.

Day one of this country's inaugural floodlit Test confirmed a raft of popular predictions about a pink ball which proved hard to spot for some broadcast viewers but did so little off a flat surface that Cook (153 not out) Root (136) had barely any discernible trouble throughout their third-wicket stand of 248.

Cook playing in his 50th Test controlled the England innings as captain Joe Root kept the scoreboard ticking over in the first day/night cricket Test ever to be played on English soil.

But with the first Test a pink ball affair, all-rounder Holder believes an emerging pace attack can trouble an England top order where only Alastair Cook and Root are now certain of their places.

The margin of the West Indies' defeat was the biggest in tests for two years, with the last on this scale also involving the West Indies, when they lost by an innings and 212 runs in Australia in December 2015.

West Indies has more day-night test experience than England having played one against Pakistan in Dubai previous year.

Powell was five not out at tea, with Test debutant Kyle Hope, in with West Indies nought for one wicket, unbeaten on seven.

But the session, and the match so far for that matter, had belonged to Cook, whose departure deep into the tenth hour of his innings triggered an immediate declaration at the end of West Indies' most effective mini-session to date.

Former skipper Cook and successor Root had added an unbroken 69 for the third wicket.

"I didn't look like scoring a run against South Africa", he said. Jonny Bairstow [18] chopped a Jason Holder delivery onto his own stumps and Moeen Ali then lofted Chase to Kraigg Brathwaite for a duck.

The England offspinner also picked up the wicket of Blackwood (12), stumped when dancing down the pitch, after the break before Broad took over.

That meant England's risky allrounders didn't have a major impact on the total as Ben Stokes (10), Bairstow (18), and Moeen Ali (0) all went relatively cheaply. The hope duo, Kyle and Shai, were cleaned up by Toby Roland-Jones and Ben Stokes respectively for contributions which hardly mattered given the mammoth West Indies have to chase.

Cook, who hit 10 fours, brought up his fifty shortly before the interval and will have his sights firmly set on a 31st Test century.

On Thursday, the England paceman will be playing an global match with them, one of a raft of new challenges facing him and his teammates in Birmingham in their first-ever day-night test.

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