England vs West Indies day-night Test at Edgbaston


Alastair Cook's double century put England in a commanding position before James Anderson struck with the ball against the West Indies in the inaugural day/night Test in Britain at Edgbaston on Friday.

A historic Test match was dealt a humiliating conclusion under the Edgbaston floodlights, as West Indies crumbled to one of the most spineless defeats in their long and once-proud history.

The Windies first innings - where Jermaine Blackwood's 79 not out accounted for almost half the total - had barely finished when Anderson struck again as Kieran Powell edged to former captain Cook at first slip. That was the most wickets they have lost in a Test day.

"We've got to just believe, we have a few days off now, we have to use them wisely".

"We have to regroup - it's only one Test, and we can't drop our heads down", said Holder.

Broad and Anderson took five wickets each in the match as the West Indies capitulated.

"It's obviously very disappointing, we didn't show enough fight", Holder said after the match.

England's all-time leading wicket taker Anderson and Roland-Jones, continuing the excellent start to his test career, then finished the job, with the Middlesex bowler securing the final wicket as Ben Stokes snaffled Alzarri Joseph at slip.

After enduring a sticky start to his innings on the first evening, Malan had been decidedly more assured this time out, with his cover-drive in particularly good order on two eye-catching occasions.

"The crowd and the atmosphere in the ground throughout was electric and for Cooky to be 150 not out is great for us going into tomorrow".

Kieran Powell and Kyle Hope were batting at the crease on their respective scores of 18 and 25. He has those spells in him that can turn a game.

Shai Hope and Jermaine Blackwood tried to revive the innings, but they only managed to put together a 42-run partnership before Hope was clean bowled by Toby Roland-Jones for 15. On Thursday, the England paceman will be playing an global match with them, one of a raft of new challenges facing him and his teammates in their first-ever daynight Test.

"(But) each player has to look themselves in the mirror and see where they can improve".

Alastair Cook was named man of the match for his big double hundred in England's first innings effort of 514/8.

"I needed that to be fair, I didn't look like scoring a run against the South Africans", he said with disarming honesty.

Not since Trueman and Statham were last in harness in 1963 had both chart-toppers been present in the same England team, and Anderson, who now has 491 to his name, must fancy his chances of ticking off another remarkable milestone in next week's second Test at Headingley. But Roach sent the second ball of the test so wide of the stumps that it went to second slip, and that set the tone for the West Indian bowling performance rather than his delivery to beat Stoneman.