Cook passes 200 as England turns the screws

Cook ground the West Indies down with a chanceless 243 on day two of England's inaugural day/night Test at Edgbaston, helping the hosts to establish a strong position before rain brought an early end to the final floodlit session.

The Edgbaston test is the first of a three-match series.

In unfamiliar circumstances even for them, and facing the pink ball used in day-night tests, Cook and Root dragged England up from 39-2 in the eighth over.

WEST INDIES: K.C. Brathwaite, K.O.A. Powell, K.A. Hope, S.D. Hope, R.L. Chase, J. Blackwood, S.O. Dowrich, J.O. Holder, K.A.J.

They arrived in England without several star players, the legacy of a bitter dispute with West Indies administrators and the lure of the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament that is taking place at the same time as this series.

At the other end, Cook, whose own form since relinquishing the captaincy has been more telling than his returns have so far suggested, was drawing ever closer to his 31st century, and his first since returning to the ranks.

From that point on, however, the visiting team offered little threat and Cook and Root were each able to cruise along at tempos that have become so familiar - the latter predictably scoring at a quicker rate than his partner.

"It's another challenge that Test cricket throws at you".

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Surrey opener Stoneman, 30, was all set for a Test debut the moment a 13-man squad was unveiled after England dropped his struggling former Durham team-mate Keaton Jennings following a recent 3-1 home Test series win over South Africa. Eight was all Tom Westley could manage too as he was trapped lbw by seamer Miguel Cummins.

The first Stoneman then received from Roach was the widest of wides, intercepted only by second slip.

Cook and Root, however, repaired the damage. Chase followed up with the wickets of Stokes, Ali, and Cook for his 4-113, but all it did was limit the damage.

England scored 22 boundaries in the first 26 overs of the innings - Cook reaching his 56th fifty in 145 Tests off 74 balls with a tally of 10 fours.

Cook then went to an understated but no less valuable 182-ball hundred with a single off Chase.

Their alliance, prompt vindication of Root's decision to bat first in this opening match of three, also bore out a raft of pre-match predictions as the pink ball moved in increasingly unerring straight lines for a visiting attack able to pose few problems.

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

Only when Root played a loose drive at Roach was he bowled, with Cook remaining to see off the second new ball for an entire day - and night - at the crease.

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