England V. West Indies: Cook Steals The Show As England Race To 514

Match Highlights:

  • England declared on 514-8
  • Cook scored 243
  • WI is on 44-1

Alastair Cook notched up the fourth double century of his Test career to power England to 514-8 on Day 2 in Edgbaston. He was ably aided by David Malan (65) and the duo went on to put up a partnership of 162 runs to all but snatch the game away from the West Indies in the first innings itself. West Indies ended the day on 44-1 with James Anderson picking up the wicket before rain brought an end to proceedings.

 

Cook treated the English crowd to some magnificent shot hitting as he played a mammoth inning of 243 which lasted more than 10 hours. Continuing from where he had left Day 1 on, Cook looked in exquisite touch as he commanded the West Indian bowlers. An innings of sheer brilliance saw him play shots around the ground as he took on West Indian bowler after bowler. Cook went on to get the most Test runs for England ,the most Test runs in England and the most Test runs at Edgbaston as the records kept coming for him during his innings. He was unlikely not to reach 250 as Chase was successful in finally getting the thorn out of the West Indian team’s foot.

 

Fully aware of the conditions and the forecast of heaving rain, Root declared once Cook was dismissed at 514. The West Indies dug through the rest of the day before heavy rains ended up in bringing an end to the day to finish day 2 at 44-1. Anderson removed Braithwaite in the third over itself, to give England the upper hand going into day 3 of the first test match of the Wisden Trophy series.

 

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