England vs West Indies 1st Test Day 1: Cook, Root punish West Indies

Alastair Cook - England cricket

Alastair Cook celebrates after scoring his 31st Test century

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England opener Alastair Cook and captain Joe Root wore the West Indies down on the first day at Edgbaston as they scored 153 not out and 136 respectively.

Coming into the game, many England players admitted that the team were heading into uncharted territory since they had never featured in a day-night Test before. However, that didn’t faze Cook or Root as they put on a show on a historic day for England cricket.

Choosing to bat first, England were dealt an early blow as debutant Mark Stoneman, who was called up as a replacement for Keaton Jennings, was clean bowled by Kemar Roach for eight runs.

Tom Westley also made eight runs before being trapped lbw off the bowling of Miguel Cummins.

Westley was not out initially, but West Indies skipper Jason Holder opted to go for a review and it paid off big time as it led to the 28-year-old trudging back to the pavilion.

With England having lost two batsmen in quick succession, Cook and Root not only kept the West Indies at bay, but also put the hosts in the driver’s seat with a record-breaking 248-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their hundreds.

Joe Root - England cricket

Joe Root soaks in the moment after bringing up his 13th Test hundred

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Cook and Root’s stand was the highest partnership in the day-night Test cricket, going past the 215 runs put together by Pakistan batsmen Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam against the West Indies in Dubai last October.

It was also the highest third-wicket partnership in a Test match at Edgbaston, surpassing the 227 runs amassed by England’s Alec Stewart and Robin Smith against Pakistan in June 1992.

With England having turned their fortunes around, the West Indies suddenly found themselves under the cosh and were in desperate need of a wicket.

However, they had to wait until the 75th over to get it when Roach cleaned up Root for 136, which came off 189 balls and included 22 boundaries.

Despite having broken the massive partnership, the West Indies continued to suffer as Cook and Dawid Malan kept the scoreboard ticking with an unbeaten 61-run stand before stumps was called.

Cook finished on 153 off 276 balls, which included 23 boundaries, while Malan remained undefeated on 28 off 55 deliveries, which included four boundaries.

Roach was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Cummins claimed one.

England ended day one on 348/3 and will continue batting on Friday at 14:00 local time or 13:00 GMT.

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