Published: Sun, August 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

England v West Indies: day-night Test at Edgbaston, day one

England v West Indies: day-night Test at Edgbaston, day one

Stuart Broad's historic match-winning intervention came as no surprise to captain Joe Root in England's innings-and-209-run trouncing of West Indies in this country's first day-night Test.

Making the pink ball game look easy, Alastair Cook scored a fourth double-century and passed 11,500 career runs in England's innings.

Cook, who surpassed mentor Graham Gooch to become the highest Test run-scorer in England, was not the only centurion as Root amassed 136, while Dawid Malan finished proceedings 28 not out after starting his innings in the potentially tricky final session.

On Thursday, the England paceman will be playing an global match with them, one of a raft of new challenges facing him and his teammates in Birmingham in their first-ever day-night test.

Anderson matched Broad's efforts by clean bowling Roach for 12 before England's emphatic first Test win in the three-match series was confirmed when Roland-Jones picked up Joseph (8) - Windies all out for 137 in 45.4 overs.

Since 1997, excluding matches against the often struggling Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, they have won just three out of 87 Tests beyond the Caribbean, losing 67 and drawing 17.

"We have to just believe".

"We have to regroup - it's only one Test, and we can't drop our heads down".

Roach took 2 wickets for West Indies while another wicket was claimed by Cummins.

Holder was less than impressed with his side's performance, and said: "It's very disappointing, we were totally outplayed and didn't show any fight".

He had Roston Chase plumb lbw and Holder edged to Cook next ball. That overhaul seemed to work as England are now very hard to beat and often make scores of over 300 batting first and are well known for being able to chase down any total batting posed to them batting second.

Cook, who now had Toby Roland-Jones for company, fell to Chase, who took 4 for 113, when he missed an attempted leg-side flick.

Former skipper Cook and successor Root had added an unbroken 69 for the third wicket.

"It will mean nothing though if we don't back it up tomorrow, so for Cooky to be 153 not out, is great".

"I was really appreciative of the way Blackwood played", Holder said.

England take the lead in the three-match series, with the second Test beginning at Headingley on Friday.

Stoneman replaced the dropped Keaton Jennings, a former team-mate at Durham, in the lone adjustment to the team that beat South Africa by 177 runs in the fourth Test at Old Trafford earlier this month to complete a 3-1 series win.

Thursday's match is the 50th Test staged at Edgbaston, the Birmingham headquarters of Midlands county Warwickshire.

The margin of the West Indies' defeat was the biggest in tests for two years, with the last on this scale also involving the West Indies, when they lost by an innings and 212 runs in Australia in December 2015.

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