Ton-up Cook and Root give Windies hard day’s night

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By 2017-08-19

(AFP) 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.

England were 348 for three at stumps on the first day of what is just the fifth day/night Test worldwide. Cook was 153 not out after more than six hours at the crease. Together with Root (136), they put on 248 for the third wicket.

The past and present England skippers had come together with their side faltering at 39 for two after both debutant Mark Stoneman and Tom Westley had been dismissed for eight.

Dawid Malan, given a reprieve on two, was 28 not out at the close.

"Today was about making sure if we got into a position of strength and drive it forward," Root told Sky Sports. "After the start, it felt like a one-dayer, because we got off to a flier. The atmosphere was electric and for Cooky to be 150 not out is great."

Boundaries flowed throughout the day and West Indies bowling coach Roddy Estwick admitted: "We didn't have one of our better days. We were poor.

Scores

England: 348 for 3 (Cook 153 n.o. Root 136)

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