Rain holds up England after Cook makes 243

Ruben Hill
August 20, 2017

After the early loss of Kraigg Brathwaite for a duck, Kyle Hope and Kieran Powell were granted a life in the cordon apiece as they reached stumps on 25 and 18 respectively - their pride still just about as intact as their wickets.

Cook batted for nearly ten hours, his eventual dismissal prompting England's declaration at 514-8. A combination of fallible catching - Stokes, unusually, let Powell elude him at gully before Moeen failed to lay a hand on Hope - and slightly less-than-pinpoint new-ball bowling from Broad, in particular, allowed West Indies to finish the day with more optimism than might have been anticipated.

England resumed in a strong position of 348 for three in the first of this three-match series and the 50th Test at Edgbaston.

Cook put on 34 for the sixth wicket with Jonny Bairstow, who made 18 before playing on to give captain Jason Holder his only wicket at 505 for six.

There was a sombre start to Fridays proceedings with players, officials and spectators observing a minutes silence in memory of the victims of Thursdays terror attacks in Spain.

On the field, Cook continued to look as if he was having a net session against an outclassed attack, and Dawid Malan, the other overnight batsman, provided steady support during a century stand that took the total beyond 400.

Malan's pull off Miguel Cummins saw the Middlesex left-hander to a 112 ball-fifty in his fifth Test innings.

Cooks 243, his fourth Test double century, was the cornerstone of Englands total and the former captains dismissal prompted current skipper Joe Root to declare.

For West Indies, only Jermaine Blackwood showed any resistance with an unbeaten half-century (79) in the visitors' response to England's mammoth 514 for eight declared.

Ben Stokes added only 10 before he top-edged an attempted reverse sweep and was promptly dispatched by the same duo.

"My length was too short to Cooky and that was the main error from me and at one point I just tried to contain him and not even try to get his wicket", said Chase, who took four for 113.

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