Joe Root and Alastair Cook have registered centuries in the first day of the first Day-Night Test match hosted by England against West Indies at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham. Edgbaston also hosted its 50th Test.
England elected to bat first in the series opener. The hosts were scoring runs at good pace but lost wickets too. Kemar Roach and Miguel Cummins claimed the wickets of debutant Mark Stoneman and Tom Westley within first eight overs.
Skipper Root and ex-captain Cook did not let the West Indian bowlers to settle down as they went to tea break scoring 108/2 in 27 overs. The partnership soon reached 100 runs.
Just before the dinner break, Root hit his 13th Test ton, second as captain in 139 balls. He also scored fifties in 11 consecutive matches. He needs one more in the next match to equal AB de Villiers’ streak of 12 matches.
Cook reached his 31st century in 182 balls in the third session. He surpassed Matthew Hayden and Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s 30 Test tons. The left-hander also became the leading run-scorer in England and Wales with 5973 at 45.79 including 30 fifties and 14 tons, going past Graham Gooch’s 5917.
The Cook-Root partnership was ended when Roach scalped his second wicket dismissing Root for 139 runs off 189 balls hitting 22 fours. The partnership put on 248 runs which is the highest-ever in D/N Tests crossing Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam’s 215 against West Indies in Dubai. This is also the highest partnership for the third wicket at Edgbaston.
Cook remained not out with Dawid Malan. Cook is on 153 from 276 deliveries hitting 23 boundaries with the latter scoring 28. England posted 348/3 in 90 overs on day one.
England 348/3 in 90 overs (Cook 153*, Root 139; Roach 2/72)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com