England vs West Indies 1st Test Day 2: Cook’s double hundred leaves West Indies reeling

Alastair Cook - England cricket

Alastair Cook raises his bat upon bringing up his double hundred

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England opener Alastair Cook continued to steal the spotlight on the second day of the first Test at Edgbaston as he scored an incredible 243 to leave the West Indies in all kinds of trouble.

Cook’s fourth double hundred puts him in a tie for second on the all-time list of England players with the most double centuries in the longest format.

Cook is level with Sir Leonard Hutton, but behind the legendary Wally Hammond, who has seven double centuries to his name.

Starting off the day on 348/3, Cook, who dominated the opening day of the first day-night Test to be held in England, and Dawid Malan converted their 61-run partnership into a 162-run stand, during which Cook brought up his double century and Malan his fifty.

However, right on the stroke of lunch, Malan was dismissed by Roston Chase for 65, which came off 139 balls and included 10 boundaries.

Even though Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali were on their way back to the pavilion shortly after, Cook continued to take the attack to the West Indies.

His superb innings finally came to an end when he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Chase for 243, which came off 407 deliveries and included 33 boundaries.

Cook was not given out initially, but the West Indies decided to review the decision and it paid off as replays showed that the ball was hitting leg stump.

Once Cook was out, England declared on 514/8.

Chase was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Kemar Roach snapped up two, and Miguel Cummins and captain Jason Holder claimed one wicket each.

Roston Chase - West Indies cricket

Roston Chase finished with figures of 4-113 off 26.2 overs

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Trailing by 514 runs, the West Indies got off to a disastrous start as opener Kraigg Brathwaite was caught behind off the bowling of James Anderson for a duck on the 14th ball of the innings.

Debutant Kyle Hope and Kieran Powell made up for the loss of Brathwaite with an unbeaten 44-run partnership before the rain came and brought play to an end for the day.

Hope finished on 25 off 44 balls, which included four boundaries, while Powell remained undefeated on 18 off 44 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Anderson was the only bowler to take a wicket.

The West Indies ended day two on 44/1 and will continue batting on Saturday at 14:00 local time or 13:00 GMT.

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