Root, Cook in double century stand against West Indies in inaugural day/night Test on English soil
England's captain Joe Root celebrates after reaching his century on the opening day of the first Test between England and the West Indies at Edgbaston. Photograph: (AFP)
Former England captain Alastair Cook hit an unbeaten century weaving a scintillating 248-run stand with captain Joe Root who hit a stylish 136 on the first day of inaugural day/night Test against West Indies at Edgbaston.
Captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first with the match starting several hours late as the hosts made a stuttering start reduced to 39/2 as Roach & Cummins picked up early wickets of Stoneman and Westley respectively. However, after that, it was the tale of two captains as Cook and Root took over as the West Indies attack wilted.
Cook playing in his 50th Test controlled the England innings as captain Joe Root kept the scoreboard ticking over in the first day/night cricket Test ever to be played on English soil. The England captain, however, became Roach's second victim of the day after he was bowled out ending his 189-ball stay which was studded with twenty-two boundaries.
Opener Alastair Cook remained unbeaten on 153 hitting 23 boundaries with Dawid Malan on 28(4 boundaries) as England ended the day at 348/3 at stumps on Day-1.
"Root kind of makes it look quite easy. Frustratingly easy," Cook later told reporters.
"It's incredible he manages to score like he does. If he's not the best England player I've played with he's right up there."
"His game is phenomenal...He's just phenomenally consistent against world-class bowlers around the world," the left-handed opener added.
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."
"Suddenly changing it takes a little bit of time. It's just a mental thing," the former England captain said.
"I think if you get 150 and you're not out at the end of the day you enjoy it," he added.
"The crowd enjoyed it and it was a good day for England." However, he cautioned enthusiasts of day/night Tests, saying, "We won't know about the pink ball until two or three years down the line.".
"I can't see it not being a success in other parts of the world, whether we need to do it in England is a different matter. We have the trouble that it's not that dark until the last hour and doesn't actually feel like a day/nighter until the last hour."
"Today was about making sure we got into a position of strength," England captain Root said.
"It's something we did well in the last two games and to do it today is brilliant, but it will mean nothing if we don't back it up tomorrow," the captain added.
"I know it's simple and boring, but all we tried to do was do the basics well. We went in with an open mind and played the situation in front of us."