Root, Cook on show

Root, Cook on show

He batted through England's first innings, sharing partnerships of 248 with skipper Joe Root (136) on Day 1, and 162 with Dawid Malan (65).

"The twilight period of the day didn't really go well for me, but the guys at the back-end - Cook and Malan - did amazingly well as, in other day-night games around the world, that period seems to be the trickiest".

Earlier Alastair Cook top-scored with 243, his fourth Test double century, before his dismissal saw England captain Joe Root declare shortly before the end of the second session.

It was a bruising experience for the West Indies attack who in the end tried to stem the flow of runs rather than apply pressure to take his wicket.

Root, in keeping with a remarkable run of form that has now carried him to half-centuries in each of his last 11 Tests - a new England record that he brought up with a rare loose shot outside off against Jason Holder - was, as usual, the principle aggressor.

Second day of the fifth ever day-night pink-ball match in Test cricket history closed with West Indies on 44 for the loss of opener Kraigg Braithwaite for no score in reply to England's 514 for 8 declared.

Root and Cook negotiated the pink ball easily in the first day-night test in England, and first involving England, helped by some wayward bowling by the West Indian attack.

England's top-order struggles continued when Windies successfully reviewed a "not out" lbw decision against Westley - Miguel Cummins getting his man on review. Chase followed up with the wickets of Stokes, Ali, and Cook for his 4-113, but all it did was limit the damage.

Thanks to those dismal numbers, West Indies' attraction as a marquee team has dwindled too: what used to be a five- or six-Test series every four years in the English summer has now reduced to two or three matches.

With England having turned their fortunes around, the West Indies suddenly found themselves under the cosh and were in desperate need of a wicket. Malan's maiden half-century in Tests also came in the right time to put up the big total for England. But he lost new partner Ben Stokes early in the second session when England's vice-captain, looking to move things along, was caught reverse sweeping to Chase on 10. Next to depart was Jonny Bairstow.

If Cook's methods were once again a case of substance counting more than style, there was much to admire from his more aesthetic fellow left-hander who unfurled a succession of cover-driven boundaries between bouts of hard-working defence.

England made a quick breakthrough when Brathwaite nipped James Anderson behind to Bairstow.

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