West Indies toil in historic day/night Test

And its likelihood did not make it any easier, as Kraigg Brathwaite departed for a duck, feathering a catch behind off James Anderson, Kyle Hope, on his Test debut, survived a close second-ball leg-before decision from the same bowler and Kieran Powell was dropped in the gully by Ben Stokes off Stuart Broad when on just two.

Cook batted through the day for his unbeaten 153, sharing 248 with Root, who made 136, as England hit 348-3 at Edgbaston.

The past and present England skippers had come together with their side faltering at 39 for two after both debutant Mark Stoneman and Tom Westley had been dismissed for eight.

Firstly, Dawid Malan, whose average was standing at 8.75 after his first two Tests against South Africa, scored his first half-century at this level.

"Today was about making sure we got into a position of strength", Root said.

"We didn't have one of our better days". That means England have beaten West Indies 14 times since they last lost to them in a home Test. "We were poor. If you are conceding 53 boundaries in a day it shows a lack of discipline", Windies bowling coach Roddy Estwick said. Former captain Alastair Cook was closing in on a century of his own at 85 not out.

During the past 20 years, excluding matches against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, theyve won just three out of 86 Tests outside the Caribbean.

"I'd like to think he would get a very good opportunity and some good game time with England".

Yet they still had two early wickets under sunny blue skies that promised ideal batting conditions.

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He was on strike under sunny skies for the second delivery of the match, after Cook pushed the first with the pink ball to cover for a single off Kemar Roach.

The Surrey batsman's maiden knock proved short-lived, however, as Roach gained swift revenge with a sublime delivery that swung in before going off the pitch to hit the top of off-stump; it was only the second time that Stoneman had been bowled in first-class cricket this season.

But West Indies did have a success on the stroke of lunch when off-spinner Roston Chase had left-hander Malan caught at slip by Jermaine Blackwood to end a partnership of 162.

Root followed Cook to the landmark in 83 balls when a flashing cut off opposing skipper Holder flew through the slip cordon for four.

Cook was 213 not out at lunch.

Earlier in the day, the pink ball moved about to trigger yet another top order collapse for the hosts.

As the light diminished, Root's stay was eventually ended, clean bowled by the impressive Roach.

But helped by some wayward bowling by the West Indian attack, Root and Cook negotiated the pink ball easily.

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