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Cook, Root lead recovery in England's first floodlit Test

19 August 2017, 08:21 | Lucy Hill

I had the best seat in the house for Cook masterclass- Malan

I had the best seat in the house for Cook masterclass- Malan

West Indies were 13 for one in reply to England's first innings 514 for eight declared at tea on the second day of the first Test at Edgbaston on Friday.

By tea on the first day of the historic day-night Test at Edgbaston, with the sun still too high in the sky for the floodlights to have kicked into action, England had marched along to 215 for 2 against an eager but one-dimensional West Indies attack that had already conceded 39 boundaries, nearly three-quarters of England's total.

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.

West Indies bowling coach Roddy Estwick said: "We discussed that after 80 overs we would need to take the new ball as quickly as possible, but we didn't take it so we had to send a quiet reminder to the captain".

At the other end, Cook, whose own form since relinquishing the captaincy has been more telling than his returns have so far suggested, was drawing ever closer to his 31st century, and his first since returning to the ranks.

For some time, England's top-order batting has been reliant on Cook and Root, even though both have had problems converting their good scores into centuries.

England were 348 for three after winning the toss at stumps on the first day of the first Test against the West Indies at Edgbaston on Thursday.

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It was all too easy for the hosts and then the tourists at least made a breakthrough before lunch, Malan throwing away a golden opportunity to reach a maiden Test century when Roston Chase's spin had him caught at slip on 65.

The West Indies lost Kraigg Brathwaite before the tea break with the opener's footwork letting him down as he prodded at a full ball outside off from James Anderson.

Malan, who made just 35 runs in two matches in the recent South Africa series, was delighted to make a contribution and learn from one of the best in game.

Significantly it was also Cook's first Test hundred in 17 innings and the 32-year-old left-handed opener's tenth score of 150 or more at this level.

Each man was strong square of the wicket - Root's off-side play typical of the busy right-hander, Cook's cover-driving more unusual and a sign that he is in good touch.

Just before the lunch interval left-hander Cook, completed a 74-ball fifty. Ben Stokes tried to go for a reverse sweep which ended up putting his gloves to.

Cook, who was replaced as captain this year, showed his vast worth as a batsman alone and had his career-best score of 294 in sight. Though Marais Erasmus did not give in to the appeal at first, but his decision was reversed upon review.



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