Alastair Cook dominates West Indies with double century in day-night Test

Taylor Byrd
August 19, 2017

Rain held up England's progress after Alastair Cook scored a superb 243 on the second day of the first Test against West Indies at Edgbaston on Friday.

This fixture, the 50th Test at Edgbaston, is the first of a three-match series.

As Cook and Root cashed in, Stoneman and Westley must have rued their own failings to make a telling score. But from then on the West Indies found life tough against two proven world-class batsmen. Len Hutton, Wally Hammond and David Gower are the only other England players to achieve this feat, with Hutton scoring three centuries at The Oval.

At the venue where Cook made his career-best 294 against India six years ago, he fell short of that target and also a shot at becoming England's sixth Test triple-centurion.

"It's ultimately still the same fundamentals of cricket and you just need to make sure when those hard periods crop up we respond well and we respond quickly".

His pull off Miguel Cummins, one of four seamers in the attack, saw Malan complete a 112 ball-fifty.

The Surrey batsman's maiden knock proved short-lived, however, as Roach gained swift revenge with a sublime delivery that swung in before going off the pitch to hit the top of off-stump; it was only the second time that Stoneman had been bowled in first-class cricket this season.

Surrey opener Stoneman, 30, was all set for a Test debut the moment a 13-man squad was unveiled after England dropped his struggling former Durham team-mate Keaton Jennings following a recent 3-1 home Test series win over South Africa.

Cook and Root, however, repaired the damage.

From only the second legitimate ball he faced, Stoneman timed a cover-drive for four - and then counted another boundary in the opening over with a confident clip off his legs.

Cook, with tailender Toby Roland-Jones for company, was lbw on review to Chase when he missed an onside flick as a marathon effort of more than nine hours finally came to an end.

Together with current skipper Joe Root, who made 136 after winning the toss, he'd put on 248 for the third wicket.

Earlier in the day, the pink ball moved about to trigger yet another top order collapse for the hosts.

As the light diminished, Root's stay was eventually ended, clean bowled by the impressive Roach.

West Indies' only glimmer of joy came at the end of the innings, starting with Malan edging Chase to Jermaine Blackwood at slip in the last act of the first session.

Tired of feet and mind, having seen their bowlers battered into submission by Alastair Cook, the last thing the West Indian batsmen wanted last evening was gathering clouds, the floodlights on and a pink ball that was rather more talkative than it had been the day before.

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