Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

West Indies toil in historic day/night Test

West Indies toil in historic day/night Test

Alastair Cook and captain Joe Root both scored hundreds as England dominated the West Indies in the inaugural day/night Test on English soil at Edgbaston on Thursday.

The numbers from the wins and losses columns have neatly swapped in the first and third rows, as have the batting and bowling averages; where West Indies once averaged 40 with the bat and 25 with the ball, they now leak 40 per wicket and score around 25 per dismissal. If lads can take their chances, that will stand us in good stead going forward.

England was in complete command of the test, and already thinking about the timing of a declaration.

England's resident match-winner still recalls his first venture here, more than 20 years ago, when a pair of outsized borrowed pads failed to cramp his style as he made the right impression batting outside his age group at a Warwickshire Under-11s trial.

England captain Joe Root looks to hit past West Indian Kyle Hope during the opening session of the first day-night test.

"He will have definitely wanted to play here but with the lack of game time he's had, it felt like another week of loading up on overs making sure he's absolutely ready coming back from a serious injury is important", star batsman Root said.

They had a partnership of 162 as England added 101 runs in the first session of the day at Edgbaston for just the one wicket of Malan for 65. "We were poor. If you are conceding 53 boundaries in a day it shows a lack of discipline", Windies bowling coach Roddy Estwick said.

West Indies' daunting chase got off to a awful start, with Anderson seeing Brathwaite [0] caught behind by Jonny Bairstow in just the third over. The 30-year-old eased Kemar Roach through the covers before clipping him off his pads.

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England's top-order struggles continued when Windies successfully reviewed a "not out" lbw decision against Westley - Miguel Cummins getting his man on review.

Cook and Root were content to bide their time before picking off Windies' wayward attack - Holder paid the price in particular for straying too often onto Cook's leg-stump, while Root unfurled a couple of sublime straight drives for four.

Cook was 213 not out at lunch.

But Roach, it appeared, was merely finding his range, and with the first ball of his second over, he nailed it to deadly effect.

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

Malans edged cut off part-time spinner Kraigg Brathwaite then hit Jermaine Blackwood before the slip could react.

To make matters worse for West Indies, skipper Jason Holder - who bizarrely declined to immediately take the second new ball - left the field midway through his 16th over having appeared short of full fitness earlier in the day.

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