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Cook marathon puts England in firm control of Edgbaston Test

Alastair Cook reacts after losing his wicket
Alastair Cook reacts after losing his wicket

England 514-8 dec (Cook 243) v
West Indies 44-1 (25no)
First Test, Edgbaston, day two

Alastair Cook registered a massive 243 run knock as England went on to post 514 for eight in their first innings before declaration came following which West Indies lost Kraigg Brathwaite early and were reduced to 44 for one as rain brought a premature end to the second day's play in the first Test at Edgbaston.

It was once again James Anderson (1-17), who had a successful outing with the new ball as Kraigg (0) edged one to the keeper in the third over but Kieran Powell (18 not out) and Kyle Hope (25 not out) ensured they did not lose any more wickets before tea.

Just when the duo were settling in with an unbeaten 44 run stand, rain arrived by 19:30 local time, allowing no further play possible. At stumps, West Indies were trailing by 470 runs with nine wickets in hand.

Earlier, England resumed the day at 348 for three. After the first three overs ended in maidens, Cook (243) and Dawid Malan (65) scored a boundary each to inject some momentum. The 100-run partnership between the two came in the 104th over and four overs later Malan reached his maiden Test fifty.

Cook looked relentless and completed his double century but at the stroke of lunch, England lost Malan when he was caught in the slips off Roston Chase (4-113).

Even though, Chase provided some respite for West Indies with the wickets of Ben Stokes (10) and Moeen Ali (0) while Jason Holder (1-103) castled Jonny Bairstow (18), Cook continued to remain solid and took England past the 500 run mark.

West Indies finally used a review to overturn a LBW decision against the Essex star and with his dismissal in the 136th over by Chase, England declared the innings at 514 for eight.

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