England vs West Indies, 1st Test, Day 2

DAY ONE of the first day/night Test in England between England and the West Indies belonged to the home side.

The match started several hours later than would usually be the case for a Test in England and Cook told reporters: "It was slightly unusual because you´re programmed to play in white kit starting at 11:00am (1000 GMT) with a red ball, it´s what we´ve done for all our careers".

England faced a trying early time against the pink ball at Edgbaston, where opener Mark Stoneman was out for 8 on his debut and Tom Westley also dismissed for 8 in his third test.

On a good surface for pink-ball cricket, although you might find it hard to see West Indies' bowlers adhering to his view, run-making was the least of England's worries.

A sell-out crowd, half of whom were new to Test cricket according to Warwickshire's consumer data and presumed attracted by the novelty of the occasion, lapped up a spectacle which became ever more one-sided as England's broad bats dominated. Together with Root (136), he put on 248 for the third wicket.

Dawid Malan, who will have been eyeing a ton of his own as he seeks to secure a place in Trevor Bayliss' Ashes squad, failed to build on his maiden Test 50 and was frustratingly caught at slip by Jermaine Blackwood off the bowling of Chase.

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. "Frustratingly easy", Cook told reporters. "It was the best seat in the house".

Cook then reaped the rewards for the cussed determination he had shown during almost eight hours at the crease by bringing up his fourth double hundred in Tests.

"For someone new to worldwide cricket it was great to watch how a master goes at his work, and it showed me what I need to do to be successful at this level". Whether it is a good wicket or not, 243 is a fantastic achievement. "The twilight period didn't go well for me but for the guys at the back end there - that seemed to be the danger period in other games - and the guys at the end did really well". "My length was a little bit too short to Cooky".

Cook notched up the landmark in the 113th over of the innings when he edged a full ball from Kemar Roach past gully to third man for a boundary.

During the past 20 years, excluding matches against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, theyve won just three out of 86 Tests outside the Caribbean.

Also, with their flurry of losses since 2000, West Indies have relinquished the head-to-head lead they had built up against England in England through the 1980s and '90s.

There will be much sterner tests to come, of course, than this novelty pink-ball occasion during which the touring attack has struggled for any assistance from a flat pitch.

Chase's dismissal of Cook sparked an immediate declaration from Root.

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