Cook’s Double Ton Gives England Control Of Test

Cook’s 243 was the cornerstone of England’s innings

Alastair Cook’s double century put England in a commanding position against the West Indies before James Anderson struck in the inaugural day/night Test in Britain at Edgbaston on Friday.
West Indies were 44 for one in reply to England’s imposing 514 for eight declared, a deficit of 470 runs, when rain ended the second day’s play early in the third session.
Cook’s 243, his fourth Test double century, was the cornerstone of England’s total and the former captain’s dismissal prompted current skipper Joe Root to declare.
That left the West Indies with a tricky nine overs to bat in twilight before the tea interval. That was time enough for opener Kraigg Brathwaite to be caught behind for a duck off Anderson.
Kieran Powell had made just two when the normally reliable Ben Stokes dropped him in the gully off Stuart Broad. At the close, Powell was 18 not out while Kyle Hope, in at nought for one on Test debut, had made a heartening 25 not out for the tourists.
But by that stage both Cook and Anderson, England’s leading Test run-scorer and wicket-taker respectively, had made telling contributions.
England resumed in a strong position of 348 for three in the first of this three-match series and the 50th Test at Edgbaston. Cook was 153 not out, with Dawid Malan on 28 and the pair put together a fourth-wicket partnership of 162 that strengthened England’s grip on the game.
“He gave me a batting masterclass,” Malan told reporters of his stand with Cook. “It was the best seat in the house.”
Both Malan and Cook were dismissed by off-spinner Roston Chase, whose return of four wickets for 113 runs in 26.2 overs made him the most successful member of an otherwise seam-dominated West Indies attack.
“It’s always good getting wickets,” said Chase. “I was lucky enough to get four today but I thought I was a little bit too expensive. My length was a little bit too short to Cooky.”
Malan’s pull off Miguel Cummins saw the Middlesex left-hander to a 112 ball-fifty in his fifth Test innings.
But West Indies did have a success on the stroke of lunch when Chase had Malan (65) caught at slip.
Cook, with tailender Toby Roland-Jones for company, was lbw on review to Chase when he missed an onside flick as a marathon effort of more than nine hours finally came to an end.

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