Cook's 243 Puts Hosts In Control Of First Test

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Rain stopped played on day 2 of the first day/night Test between hosts, England, and the West Indies with the tourists on 44 for 1 after 16 overs.
That put the once dominant Caribbean side 470 runs behind, when rain forced the players off with 26 overs left to bowl.
England declared (514-8) just as the clouds began to close in and fears that West Indies could capitulate were enhanced when Kraigg Brathwaite edged James Anderson behind without a run on the board.
However, Kieran Powell and debutant Kyle Hope found a way to survive, although both needed the good fortune of a dropped catch.
Powell was reprieved by Stokes at gully, and Hope was shelled by Moeen at third slip, both off Stuart Broad.
Rain had been forecast for earlier in the day, but when it arrived just before 7:30 pm, it quickly became apparent that no further play would be possible.
Earlier, Alastair Cook remorselessly churned out 243 as England tightened their grip on West Indies on day two of the day-night Test at Edgbaston.
Cook batted for almost 10 hours, his eventual dismissal prompting England’s declaration at 514-8.
Dawid Malan, looking to secure a place at number five, scored 65, his maiden Test half-century.
That was a decent effort from the tourists, who spent a day and a half in the field and were facing the pink ball in cold, cloudy conditions.
Still, West Indies, who have not won a Test in the UK since 2000, face a huge ask simply to avoid the follow-on.
Roston Chase emerged the pick of the bowlers for the Windies with four wickets for 113 runs from 26.2 overs. Roach picked up two for 86 in 28 while Cummins and Holder each had one.
Young Alzarri Joseph proved expensive with 109 coming from his 22 overs for no wicket.

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