England closed day one on 348 for three as they took control of the first Test against West Indies thanks to their current and former captain
JOE ROOT and Alastair Cook went on a run-laden jamboree as they added history to an already historic occasion.
The captain and former captain both scored centuries and broke records on day one of the first Test at Edgbaston.
Pink ball? The ball could have been blue with yellow spots and they would still have smashed it. Root and Cook were seeing it like a football.
Root was eventually out for 136 having gone past John Edrich’s England record of scoring at least a half-century in 10 successive Test matches, which Root equalled against South Africa at Old Trafford last week.
AB de Villiers holds the world record of scoring fifties in 12 Tests on the trot and Root is now in second place alongside Viv Richards, Indian duo Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag and Mominul Haque of Bangladesh.
Root’s 13th Test century was made to look ridiculously easy and virtually error-free. It came as a surprise when Kemar Roach, easily the Windies’ most menacing bowler, powered a full delivery through his defences.
Cook batted all day and evening, scored his 31st Test century and became the heaviest run-scorer in England – overtaking his mentor Graham Gooch’s figure of 5,917.
He finished …. not out as England reached ….. by the close of day one in the first Test. He has power to add plenty more on day two.
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Cook certainly has no trouble seeing the pink ball – he scored 193 in Essex’s day/night county championship match in June.
He was joined by Root after Mark Stoneman failed on his England debut and Tom Westley departed lbw following a review.
Root and Cook pretty much helped themselves and there was a sense of inevitability that they would both pass three figures.
Earlier, Stoneman, the latest man trying to establish himself as Cook’s opening partner, was dismissed for just eight.
The Surrey left-hander had the shock of seeing his first delivery in international cricket from Roach so misdirected that it flew to second slip.
It was reminiscent of Steve Harmison’s infamous opening ball of the Ashes series in 2006-07 that ended up in the hands of Andrew Flintoff at second slip.
Stoneman struck a couple of boundaries in that opening over – a cover drive and a clip to square leg – but then Roach shaped the ball in and nipped it away off the pitch. It was a crackerjack of a ball and Stoneman could not lay a bat on it.
No.3 Westley soon followed when TV pictures showed he was plumb leg before in Miguel Cummins’ first over.
Dawid Malan, who has endured a harrowing start to his Test career, was dropped at slip on two and he was helped by the Windies bafflingly delaying the second new ball and bowling a couple of overs of spin instead.