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Cook, Root put England in dominant position on day one

Alastair Cook walks off at the end of first day's play at Edgbaston
Alastair Cook walks off at the end of first day's play at Edgbaston

England 348-3 (Cook 158no) v West Indies
First Test, Edgbaston, day one

Alastair Cook and Joe Root had a memorable outing with the pink ball as England went on to amass 348 for three at stumps on day one of the first Test at Edgbaston.

Earlier, England won the toss and decided to bat first. Mark Stoneman (8) made his debut for England and he started the innings confidently with two boundaries in the first over.

However, Stoneman's debut outing was cut down to just six deliveries after Kemar Roach (2-72) castled him in the third over. Cook (158 not out) looked positive as seen during the fourth over when he slammed three boundaries.

West Indies took control of the innings when Miguel Cummins (1-61) trapped Tom Westley (8) LBW in the eighth over. West Indies had to use a review to overturn the original decision. England were precariously placed at 39 for two at that stage.

Root (136) joined his former captain out in the middle and the duo looked solid and brought the 50-run stand off 99 deliveries. Cook brought his ninth half century against West Indies in the last over before lunch during which England were 108 for two.

Even though, West Indies did control the flow of runs at the start oft he second session, with a boundary in the 35th over, Root completed his 11th consecutive Test fifty, which is a national record.

The boundaries kept coming freely as the pair hit combined nine boundaries in a span of seven overs while also bringing their century stand. Root shifted gears and went on to overtake Cook and at the stroke of tea, he reached his 13th Test century, as the visitors had a poor session allowing England to reach 215 for two.

Three overs into the final session, Cook plundered two more boundaries to get into the 90s while Root brought the 200 stand between them an over later. The Essex star soon completed his first century since November last year and the 31st overall as things looked ominous for West Indies.

Both Cook and Root, achieved another milestone when their partnership crossed 228 - which is the highest at the venue. The marathon 248 run stand finally ended when Roach castled Root in the 75th over but Cook, who went past the 150-run mark along with Dawid Malan (28 not out) ensured England ended the day at 348 for three.

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