Published: Sun, August 20, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Cook's 243 Puts Hosts In Control Of First Test

Cook's 243 Puts Hosts In Control Of First Test

5 - Number of bigger innings defeats for West Indies than the loss by an innings and 209 runs in this Edgbaston Test.

Broad (2-47), James Anderson (3-34) and Toby Roland-Jones (2-31) did the damage as the tourists were bowled out for 168 in their first innings after resuming the day on 44 for one.

West Indies, following on, were 76 for four at tea - still needing a further 270 runs to make England bat again.

"There are a lot of young players in the West Indies side and you need to give them time, but I find it hard to think they can go on without any senior players", said Vaughan, who captained England in 51 of his 82 Tests.

But frankly, any of England's bowlers could have taken the top billing in this contest. They lost Kraigg Brathwaite in that time, caught behind for a duck in Anderson's second over, and they should have lost Keiron Powell for 8 as well, only for Ben Stokes, of all people, to drop a sharp edge in the gully off Broad.

Though he was obtaining some appreciable outswing with the still-new pink ball, the closest that Roach came to a breakthrough was when Cook, on 159, fell across his stumps to a delivery that struck his pads but pitched outside the line. They eventually got their ball back, to a huge cheer.

Their squad is without established stars Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy after a disagreement with Cricket West Indies over selection.

Live coverage of the opening day's play in the first Test between England and Windies continues on Sky Sports Cricket from 1.30pm on Friday, with over-by-over commentary and in-play clips on our live blog on Sky Sports digital platforms. And yet, no sooner had the ball left his hand than the heavens opened and the players fled the field. Five West Indian batsmen were dismissed for a nought. Stuart Broad has had a fantastic career.

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It was the beginning of the end and the day had barely begun.

"West Indies are going through a rough time but 20, 40, 60 years ago there were other teams that were going through rough periods".

He also then ran out Kieran Powell, who had embarked on a calamitous quick single, with a direct hit before he got rid of Chase, inducing him to play on.

Broad was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Anderson, Roland-Jones and Moeen took two wickets apiece.

It was abject and dispiriting, but at least Blackwood could hold his head high. Eight was all Tom Westley could manage too as he was trapped lbw by seamer Miguel Cummins.

The boundaries kept coming freely as the pair hit combined nine boundaries in a span of seven overs while also bringing their century stand. Root shifted gears and went on to overtake Cook and at the stroke of tea, he reached his 13th Test century, as the visitors had a poor session allowing England to reach 215 for two.

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.

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