1st ODI Old Trafford, Manchester 19 September 2017

England vs Windies

England : 210/3 (30.5);

Ben Stokes* 23(10);Jonny Bairstow 100(97);

Ashley Nurse* 8.5-0-48-0;Kesrick Williams 6-0-50-2

England won by 7 wkts (Match reduced to 42 ovs per side due to wet outfield)

23rd Match,
Intercontinental Cup, 2015-17, Port Moresby

Papua New Guinea vs Scotland

01 October 2017 05:30 (IST)

1st practice match,
New Zealand tour of India, 2017, Mumbai

TBC vs New Zealand

17 October 2017 09:00 (IST)

1st Test, Edgbaston, Birmingham, 17 August 2017

England vs Windies

Windies 3rd Inn:137/10 (45.4)

Miguel Cummins 0 (1);
Toby Roland-Jones* 6.4-3-18-2; James Anderson 7-2-12-2;

Last bat: Alzarri Joseph

Result: England won by an innings and 209 runs.

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Windies 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Kraigg Brathwaite lbw Moeen 40 76 7 0 52.63
Kieran Powell c Cook & b James Anderson 10 13 2 0 76.92
Kyle Hope lbw Roland-Jones 12 15 2 0 80
Shai Hope c Root & b Stokes 4 30 0 0 13.33
Roston Chase lbw Broad 24 47 4 0 51.06
Jermaine Blackwood st Bairstow & b Moeen 12 16 2 0 75
Shane Dowrich(wk) b Broad 5 18 0 0 27.78
Jason Holder(c) c Cook & b Broad 0 1 0 0 0
Kemar Roach b James Anderson 12 33 2 0 36.36
Alzarri Joseph c Stokes & b Roland-Jones 8 24 1 0 33.33
Miguel Cummins not out 0 1 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 9, lb - 1, w - 0, nb - 0)10
Total(137 all out in 45.4 overs)137 (3 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/15 (Kieran Powell, 4.2 ov.) 2/41 (Kyle Hope, 10.1 ov.) 3/60 (Shai Hope, 19.1 ov.)
4/76 (Kraigg Brathwaite, 26.2 ov.) 5/102 (Jermaine Blackwood, 30.6 ov.) 6/104 (Roston Chase, 33.4 ov.)
7/104 (Jason Holder, 33.5 ov.) 8/115 (Shane Dowrich, 37.2 ov.) 9/137 (Kemar Roach, 44.5 ov.)
10/137 (Alzarri Joseph, 45.4 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
James Anderson 7 2 12 2 1.71  
Stuart Broad 10 4 34 3 3.4  
Toby Roland-Jones 6.4 3 18 2 2.7  
Ben Stokes 9 4 9 1 1  
Moeen Ali 13 2 54 2 4.15  
               

Windies 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Kraigg Brathwaite c Bairstow & b James Anderson 0 8 0 0 0
Kieran Powell runout (James Anderson) 20 52 2 0 38.46
Kyle Hope c Stokes & b James Anderson 25 47 4 0 53.19
Shai Hope b Roland-Jones 15 33 3 0 45.45
Roston Chase b James Anderson 0 11 0 0 0
Jermaine Blackwood not out 79 76 9 2 103.95
Shane Dowrich(wk) lbw Roland-Jones 4 6 1 0 66.67
Jason Holder(c) c Bairstow & b Moeen 11 23 2 0 47.83
Kemar Roach b Broad 5 8 1 0 62.5
Alzarri Joseph lbw Broad 6 17 1 0 35.29
Miguel Cummins runout (Westley) 0 1 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 1, w - 2, nb - 0)3
Total(168 all out in 47 overs)168 (3.57 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/0 (Kraigg Brathwaite, 2.2 ov.) 2/45 (Kyle Hope, 16.6 ov.) 3/47 (Kieran Powell, 17.5 ov.)
4/47 (Roston Chase, 20.5 ov.) 5/89 (Shai Hope, 28.5 ov.) 6/101 (Shane Dowrich, 30.6 ov.)
7/129 (Jason Holder, 38.3 ov.) 8/134 (Kemar Roach, 39.5 ov.) 9/162 (Alzarri Joseph, 45.5 ov.)
10/168 (Miguel Cummins, 47 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
James Anderson 15 6 34 3 2.27 (1w)
Stuart Broad 16 3 47 2 2.94  
Toby Roland-Jones 6 0 31 2 5.17 (1w)
Ben Stokes 7 0 40 0 5.71  
Moeen Ali 3 1 15 1 5  
               

England 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Alastair Cook lbw Roston Chase 243 407 33 0 59.71
Mark Stoneman b Roach 8 6 2 0 133.33
Tom Westley lbw M Cummins 8 18 2 0 44.44
Joe Root(c) b Roach 136 189 22 0 71.96
Dawid Malan c Blackwood & b Roston Chase 65 139 10 0 46.76
Ben Stokes c Blackwood & b Roston Chase 10 14 2 0 71.43
Jonny Bairstow(wk) b Holder 18 33 1 0 54.55
Moeen Ali c K Brathwaite & b Roston Chase 0 4 0 0 0
Toby Roland-Jones not out 6 12 1 0 50
Stuart Broad dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
James Anderson dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 10, w - 3, nb - 7)20
Total(514 for 8 in 135.5 overs)514 (3.78 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/14 (Mark Stoneman, 2.1 ov.) 2/39 (Tom Westley, 7.3 ov.) 3/287 (Joe Root, 74.2 ov.)
4/449 (Dawid Malan, 117.2 ov.) 5/466 (Ben Stokes, 121.1 ov.) 6/505 (Jonny Bairstow, 130.4 ov.)
7/506 (Moeen Ali, 131.5 ov.) 8/514 (Alastair Cook, 135.5 ov.)  
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Kemar Roach 28 8 86 2 3.07 (3w)
Alzarri Joseph 22 3 109 0 4.95  
Miguel Cummins 24 3 87 1 3.63  
Jason Holder (c) 29.3 3 103 1 3.49  
Roston Chase 26.2 0 113 4 4.29  
Kraigg Brathwaite 6 0 6 0 1  
               
All|Overs 1-50|Overs 51-100
4

to K Powell, FOUR, pitched up, Powell takes the bait of the full delivery and drives it past point for a four. The bat faced opened up a bit on impact and the ball raced into the fence

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, squares the batsman up with a full ball bending in, the batsman trying to work it away onto the on-side, gets a leading edge and the ball flies away through the gully region for a four. Not a ceremonious start but that will do

4

to K Powell, FOUR, he is trying to make a statement! Length ball outside off and the batsman tries to drive it on the up, thickish edge which flies away to the third man fence for a four. though has a smile and some words of wisdom to the batsman

W

to K Powell, out Caught by Cook!! Edged and gone. Vintage strikes again. The ball goes across the left-hander's face of the bat, taking the edge on its way. The meek poke from Powell did not help his case either. The over the wicket angle to the southpaw has worked fine here. Got the batsman to play and evoked a mistake out of him. Second time Powell has been dismissed today. K Powell c Cook b 10(13) [4s-2]

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, stroked down the ground. A bit of a push, more of a drive to a very full ball. It allowed Kraigg Brathwaite get his bat right behind the line of the ball and stroke it down the ground

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, the in-swinger attempted without any benefits as Kraigg Brathwaite tickled in with a little shuffle to send it away into the fine leg fence

4

to Kyle Hope, FOUR, slightly short outside off and Kyle Hope gets into position to thump the ball away through the mid-wicket region with the help of a pull

4

to Kyle Hope, FOUR, strokes a drive by leaning into it, the ball was too full and the batsman was equal to the task

W

to Kyle Hope, out Lbw!! And he gets a wicket right away? Kyle Hope out lbw? He reviews. Fair delivery says Gaffaney, hit him in line with leg-stump. Clearly no bat. Just shaving leg-stump, umpire's call and that will remain out. Went a bit wide of the crease, upped his pace and fired in around middle and leg. Hope was caught on the shuffle and by the time he got his bat down on the flick, umpire S Ravi's finger was up. Looked close real time, but technology proved that the ball didn't swing/seam much. continues to have a fantastic summer. It nipped in a long way and the length was quite fuller, thanks to the replays. Kyle Hope lbw b 12(15) [4s-2]

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, sees the length - full - and tries a poster drive. Skews out a thick inside edge which bullets through the vacant short fine region. Streaky four!

4

Ali to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, drifting in, Brathwaite comes down the track and swings across the line. Gets decent wood on it and manages it to place between mid-on and mid-wicket. Speeds away into the fence

4

Ali to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, good shot! Lots of flight, but slightly overpitched, Brathwaite gets to the pitch by prodding forward and firmly drives it wide of mid-off

W

to Shai Hope, out Caught by Root!! Edged and gone! First wicket for Ben in this match. Short of a good length delivery at 86.1mph around fifth stump line that was decking away, Shai Hope could have let that go. He doesn't and chases it with hard hands looking to punch. Not much of feet movement and the ball flies and settles into the safe hands of Root at second slip. Shai Hope c Root b 4(30)[/b

4

Ali to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, 'catch it' was the cry, but well over mid-on. Didn't time it well did Brathwaite, but gets the desired output. Brathwaite dances down to a floater outside off, drags it from there and slogs it over mid-on. Races away into the fence

D

to Roston Chase, 1 run, dropped? Looks close. Back of a length on middle, Chase closes his bat face and the ball might have landed just in front of Stoneman at short leg. No, it was catchable. Allows it go pass him and finally Chase gets off the mark

4

Ali to Roston Chase, FOUR, edges, goes past first slip and runs away into the boundary rope. Chase comes forward to defend an off-break. Didn't turn as much Chase expected it to. Takes the outside edge and dribbles away. Excellent commitment from the wicket-keeper, who threw his gloves and ran behind the ball

W

Ali to Kraigg Brathwaite, out Lbw!! And tea has been taken as Brathwaite walks back with his head pointing towards the ground. Superb review from England. An off-break from Ali, Brathwaite doesn't come forward. Instead looks to work it through the on-side from the crease. The ball turns in, beats the inside edge by a long way and strikes Brathwaite's pad in front of middle. He was deep in his crease and hence the ball didn't have much distance to travel. HawkEye shows that it would be hitting leg. Kraigg Brathwaite lbw b Ali 40(76) [4s-7]

4

Ali to Roston Chase, FOUR, he has smashed that away. Sees the width outside off on this fuller length ball and throws the kitchen sink. Gets decent amount of wood on it and the ball races away into the fence through the backward point region

4

to Roston Chase, FOUR, edged, but safe! delivers a short of length delivery that holds it line outside off, Chase brings his bat down and gets an outside edge. He could/should have let it go. Gets a thick outside edge that goes between the gully fielder and second slip

4

Ali to Roston Chase, FOUR, good positive shot! Chase gets down on one knee and brooms this offie by fetching it from well outside off. Good contact and the ball reaches the deep backward square leg fence in a hurry

4

to Blackwood, FOUR, good looking shot. Root isn't happy, but I'm not sure why. Blackwood played away from his body and that's an encouraging sign for the fielding side. Shortish ball outside off, Blackwood laces it away behind square. It was a punched uppishly

4

to Blackwood, FOUR, Blackwood goes aerial and my boy, how well did he hit that. Goodish length ball around off, Blackwood doesn't move his feet. Slightly gets low and elevates it over extra cover. After playing that stroke, he posed for the photographs

W

Ali to Blackwood, out Stumped!! And, there you go! Second wicket for Ali and England are five wickets away from the win. They are checking if it's a fair delivery. He has enough behind by the line. And, Blackwood is well out of his crease. is a smart bowler. He saw Blackwood charge down and wisely shortened his length outside off. Blackwood doesn't put bat on ball and Bairstow does the rest. Collects the ball cleanly and whips off the bails in a flash. Blackwood st Bairstow b Ali 12(16) [4s-2]

W

to Roston Chase, out Lbw!! doesn't even bother to appeal. That's an easy one for the umpire. This short of a good length delivery did keep low a bit, but that didn't lead to Chase's downfall. It jagged in sharply and Chase just didn't spot it. Chase brings his bat down, but misses it by a mile. Gets hit on the front leg in front of off. That's hitting off and middle. Roston Chase lbw b 24(47) [4s-4]

W

to Holder, out Caught by Cook!! Stuart is running riot. Golden duck for the Windies skipper. And will be on a hat-trick. A very good delivery upfront for Holder. Not many would have survived that. This delivery from a good length kept coming in with the angle and shaped away a tad. Holder had to play at it. He does and gets an outside edge. Cook, at first slip, holds onto it. Holder c Cook b 0(1)

4

Ali to Roach, byes, FOUR, that's missed everything. Full floater, keeps sliding in and nutmegs YJB after beating Roach on the outside edge. Windies won't mind

W

to Dowrich, out Bowled!! Stuart goes past Sir Ian Botham to become second in the list of leading wicket takers for England. What.A.Moment. And what a way to do it says Nass on air. Made a mess of the woodwork with a cracker of a nip-backer. Dowrich played well outside the line and heard the death rattle. Lot of congratulatory handshakes from his mates. 's Dad and sister in the crowd stand and cheer in excitement. Sir Ian Botham in the comm. box shows some elated emotions. Points his finger towards and he leans back to digest that he is now third in the list. **MOIST EYES** Great scenes. Test cricket, you bewdy! Dowrich b 5(18)

4

Ali to Roach, FOUR, that was too close for comfort. Spun in and hurried Roach, he rocked back and cut it nearly from middle stump channel and what's more? He managed to peg the gap behind point

4

to Roach, byes, FOUR, bouncer, fired at awkward height. Makes Roach does some weird sort of ducking dance, it just about evades the helmet; might have missed everything and flew past the keeper to his left

4

Ali to Alzarri Joseph, FOUR, half-volley outside off, Joseph spanks the drive through extra cover. Too much power and he gets four

OT

to Roach, no run, drives and misses? Bairstow heard something. In fact he was the only one who may have heard the edge. He convinces Root to go for the review, and the skipper obliges. With a slightly grumpy face albeit. And now YJB has a poker face. He surely heard something, but that could have been the Windies submission of edges. Nothing else. The TV umpire had a quick look, no time wasting tactics. Nothing on the UltraEdge and the onfield veridict remains unchanged

4

to Roach, FOUR, flails his bat in the outside off window and guides an outer edge wide of gully

W

to Roach, out Bowled!! The typical Jimmy celebration. Finger pointing upwards while gliding across the turf. They should make a statue of that pose once he retires. England closing in. kept it pretty simple for Roach: Full and straight, with a cunning late movement inwards to sneak through Roach and the Windies' mediocrity. Clllllling go the stumps. Roach b 12(33) [4s-2]

W

to Alzarri Joseph, out Caught by Stokes!! Toby rolls Windies' final wicket over to end the proceedings. Third biggest victory margin - win by 209 runs - for England against West Indies. Offers a length one to Joseph and asks him to have a crack at it, Joseph obliges and snicks an edge to the slip cordon. Flew low to the right of Stokes at third slip who did well to grab it inches above. Alzarri Joseph c Stokes b 8(24) [4s-1]

W

to Kraigg Brathwaite, out Caught by Bairstow!! Top nut from . How do you play that? Set him up with a few inswingers in the first over and now he gets one to swerve away - just enough - off the deck. Brathwaite pushes hard off the front foot and ekes a feather of a nick to the keeper. Brathwaite looked guilty the moment appeal was made, and he walked away soon after the umpire's verdict. Kraigg Brathwaite c Bairstow b 0(8)

4

to Kyle Hope, FOUR, on the pads, a juicy full one to get off the mark. Kyle Hope kicks off his Test match career with a boundary through mid-wicket. Against James . You don't get that often

D

to K Powell, 1 run, dropped by Stokes at gully. Full ball, lures him into a drive and slices the outside edge...flew to the right of Stokes at an awkward angle. Awkward because his feet weren't alinged properly to react for a sideways dive, thuds his palm and slips out. "Might have done him for pace," reckons Sir Ian Botham on air

OT

to K Powell, 1 run, drops the ball down into the off-side by staying his crease. Looks for a single and the man running to the batter's end makes it in time or may be not. Of course no direct hit saves us from any more examination

4

to Kyle Hope, FOUR, drops it short, bad bowling this. The batsman treks back and tramples the pull away to square leg for a four

4

to Kyle Hope, FOUR, outer edge and lands just short of the man at third slip - Ali. Or did it carry? The batsman closed the face of the bat a bit too early and got the ball to skim away off the outer face of the bat. Ali dived low to his left and it seems the ball burst through low through his fingers. A tough drop!

4

to K Powell, FOUR, change of end brings about a change of luck for the batsman. Onto the pads and clipped away into the on-side with some nonchalant ease. The sound of the ball being middled must have been music for the batsman

4

to Kyle Hope, FOUR, back footed punch into the covers and that will run away. Breaking the shackles there with some positive strokeplay

4

to K Powell, FOUR, pitches it up and the batsman feels the length was in his radar to have a drive. The ball skims away off the outer half of the bat and into the covers for a four

W

to Kyle Hope, out Caught by Stokes!! There's the breakthrough. No looseners from the Swing King. The Windies have already been rattled. What a ball! Back of a length delivery that jags in and Hope was surprised by the bounce as well. The batsman brings his bat down in an attempt to block and the ball flies to gully off the shoulder of the bat. Stokes makes no mistake. Kyle Hope c Stokes b 25(47) [4s-4]

OT

to K Powell, no run, LBW appeal and England review. Fair delivery. No bat involved. Missing leg. Umpire's call on hitting wickets. NOT OUT. isn't happy. The on-field call stays. It was a fullish ball from round the wicket and Powell is late on his flick. He was slightly off-balance as well. Gets hit on the front leg in front of middle and leg. HawkEye shows it to be clipping leg

W

to K Powell, out K Powell Run Out!! This is a disastrous start for the Windies. Suicidal running and Powell pays the price. Short of a good length from round the wicket and Powell offers a a straight bat to push it towards mid-on and takes off for a non-existent single. Anderson, at mid-on, had to only move a couple of yards to his right. Does so and finds the bulls-eye at the bowler's end. Windies: 47-3. K Powell run out (Anderson) 20(52) [4s-2]

W

to Roston Chase, out Bowled!! And, he's gone. Chase never looked comfortable in his brief stay and departs for a 11-ball duck. and Broad have been ruthless offering no freebies. This time, shortens his length a tad and the ball nips in sharply. All Chase manages to do is hop and get an inside edge. The pink ball cannons onto the stumps. Chase was too late to bring his bat down and that led to his downfall. Roston Chase b 0(11)

4

to Blackwood, FOUR, he didn't time the previous one that well in the over, but has creamed this. Stands tall again, and punches on top of the bounce through cover. The ball races away. Was on a short of length and that allowed Blackwood to go back and play the punch

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, soft hands. And four. Was a good length delivery outside off, Shai Hope opened the bat face and got it between the three slips and gully. Is off the mark

4

to Blackwood, FOUR, starts with a loosener, a half-volley on off, Blackwood layed into that, drilling that with brute force and getting it straight of mid-on. Forceful shot and an easy boundary

4

to Blackwood, FOUR, "blocks for four" says Nass on air. Nothing more than that. Was full on off, an extended forward defence and beats mid-off who is more of an extra cover as he is standing wide. Pinged the middle of the bat and scooted away

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, smashed and four. Was in the air but wide of the diving point fielder. Short and wide outside off, Shai Hope didn't hold back, hit it in the air but in the gap too

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, splits the gap again. The width was there outside off, Shai Hope strokes it wide of the diving backward point and woll get a boundary. Kept low a bit and Shai Hope had to reach out, but got it off the middle of the bat

4

to Blackwood, FOUR, even better now. The previous one he got just two, this one he stands tall - using his short frame to good advantage and times the back foot punch wide of backward point for four. It just raced away from the middle of the bat

W

to Shai Hope, out Bowled!! Just as a stand was building up, breaks through. Shai Hope was defending well, this time he goes for an expansive drive to a full delivery outside off, wasn't a half-volley, so is trying to drive on the rise, a thick inside edge clatters onto the stumps. Five down now. Shai Hope b 15(33) [4s-3]

4

to Blackwood, FOUR, what a response from Blackwood. Short and wide outside off, Blackwood gave it the full monty, slapped that with disdain and it rocketed to the fence. The width was there and Blackwood had no second thoughts on that

4

to Dowrich, FOUR, edgy drive and four. Full outside off, Dowrich went for an expansive drive, the edge went down and wide of the gully fielder, down to the vacant third man fence

W

to Dowrich, out Lbw!! That's plumb. Even Erasmus is forced to raise the finger; for the first time in the match. Dowrich played completely down the wrong line, the bat face was closed and he was looking to work a full delivery on off to mid-wicket. Once he missed that, he was dead. Erasmus instantly raised the finger and has his second. England into the lower-order now. Interesting reaction from Blackwood when Dowrich was given out lbw. He immediately turned his back on his partner who was looking for a response and then suggested the keeper to continue walking off. He knew it was plumb and it was. Dowrich lbw b 4(6) [4s-1]

4

to Blackwood, FOUR, Blackwood is playing really well. Is putting even decent deliveries away. Was angled in on the hip, on a short of length, whipped fine and beats the diving deep backward square to his right

4

to Holder, FOUR, streaky but four. On a short of length and outside off, Holder's long levers took over, punched it off the back foot, went in the gap between gully and backward point for four. Is off the mark as well

4

to Holder, FOUR, so similar to the Dowrich dismissal, just that Holder got bat on that. Still he was looking to play across the line to one that held its line around off, the thick edge bisects gully and backward point and races away

4

to Blackwood, FOUR, pitched up and Blackwood takes straight down the ground. Was more of an ODI shot, clean hit and the ball goes over the umpire's head to race to the fence. Blackwood has looked the best batsman in this Windies outfit today

OT

to Blackwood, 1 run, 50 for Blackwood. That's a good innings. Pushes it wide of mid-on and it was a tight single, but he sprints home and raises the bat to acknowledge the cheers. Well deserved too. Head and shoulders above the rest in this batting line-up

W

Ali to Holder, out Caught by Bairstow!! Beats the edge, not given by Erasmus and there's a caught behind appeal by Bairstow, who reviews. Third umpire called for. A spike is found and Holder has to go. The West Indian captain has to go and he isn't happy. Shows his displeasure and walks off. The drift working for Mo and Holder is sucked into it, should've known after watching it last over, but pushes out and the technology proves the umpire wrong. A clear deflection and England have another. The bat didn't hit the ground nor the pad as the ball went past, so could've been only bat. Holder c Bairstow b Ali 11(23) [4s-2]

4

Ali to Roach, FOUR, too full for the ball to do anything there, Roach square-drives with an open face and gets four through backward point. Is off the mark in style

W

to Roach, out Bowled!! One more. This is a procession now. strikes on his return. The off-stump is cartwheeled out of the ground. A good delivery, on a fullish length, nips back in sharply and moves past the inside edge on the drive and takes out the stump. The seam movement was too much for a tailender like Roach there. Roach b 5(8) [4s-1]

6

Ali to Blackwood, SIX, Blackwood wants to play his shots. Even if it is risky. Charges out and lofts over long-off. Hit it well and had the power to carry all the way. The ball is lodged under one of those big hover covers

4

to Blackwood, FOUR, the man continues his counter-attack, punched away from the crease and the ball races away into the fence. Not a bad way to start the session

4

to Alzarri Joseph, FOUR, lays his bat onto the length ball outside off and the ball races away into the fence through the covers. The room was there for the batsman and he cashes in

6

to Blackwood, SIX, backs away and thwacks the pick up shot over long-on. Sheer confidence! A still head, eyes on the ball and some wonderful balance into the big shot

W

to Alzarri Joseph, out Lbw!! Full, straight, dead! Plumb in front of the wickets. The fuller length ball and Alzarri Joseph plays all across the line of the ball to miss it. kept running towards the batsman as if he was sure of the decision. Indeed he was. A mixture of length, short of length and short deliveries have finally broken down the resistance of Alzarri Joseph. Alzarri Joseph lbw b 6(17) [4s-1]

4

to Blackwood, FOUR, slightly short, Blackwood manufactures a dab past the slips for a four. Again the wrists work on top of the bounce and ensure it was kept down

W

to Blackwood, out Miguel Cummins Run Out!! It's all over! Looks for a quick single to have the strike for the next over but Westley charged in from the on-side and struck the sticks down from a close range. The ball nibbled in, Blackwood dinked it away, charged down for a single and Miguel Cummins never looked like making it as he was slow off the blocks. Blackwood remains stranded! Windies will bat again. Miguel Cummins run out (Westley) 0(1)

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, Stoneman is off the mark in great style in Test cricket. Pitched up and inviting the drive, Stoneman got forward and laced it wide of cover. The outfield is quick and it beats the two chasing men. That should give Stoneman a lot of confidence going ahead

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, a man was moved from the leg-side to the off just before this delivery and what does do? Bowls it on the legs, full and it's clipped away easily to the fence. Another good shot to give some more confidence to Stoneman

4

Joseph to Cook, FOUR, well in control of that. It was a length delivery on the stumps, Cook went back and just played it with soft hands, managed to elude the diving gully to his left and it raced away, beating the chasing fielder. The outfield is very quick here

W

to Stoneman, out Bowled!! Knocked him over. What a delivery from . That's McGrath to Lara in the 1999 WC. Pitches around middle and then seams away like a demon, moves past the bat and hits the top of off. That in-between length, which is neither full nor on a good length, ensured Stoneman was uncertain and played that from the crease. An absolute peach and nothing Stoneman could've done about that. Seam-up and then moved away to go past the bat. Understandably is pumped and so are the West Indians. Stoneman should feel a bit unlucky to have got such a delivery on his debut, but that's Test cricket and he will know soon. Stoneman b 8(6) [4s-2]

4

Joseph to Cook, FOUR, too straight and Cook won't miss out. Length delivery on middle, tucked between mid-wicket and mid-on and it keeps racing away, the outfield as I said before is very quick and gives the fielder no chance

4

Joseph to Cook, FOUR, beautiful shot and it's four from the time it left the bat. Not a half-volley, but look at the footwork by Cook, to time that through cover. Leant forward and just allowed a full bat flow and once it hit the middle of the bat, there's no stopping that

4

Joseph to Cook, FOUR, Joseph should learn and learn quickly. Fraction short and outside off, Cook won't miss out there, cuts hard and into the gap, wide of gully and that's the third boundary of the over for Cook. Joseph should know that he is bowling to Cook's strengths and if he keeps doing that, then the runs will flow

4

to Westley, FOUR, Westley is off the mark with a delightful straight drive. went full, but a bit too full this time, so Westley could come forward and time the drive past the non-striker and the stumps. Brilliant shot

4

Joseph to Cook, FOUR, another four for Cook. Was not a bad ball by Joseph, just a length delivery on the stumps, Cook opens the face of the bat on the back foot block, guides it wide of the diving gully and since third man is vacant, it's another boundary for Cook

4

Joseph to Westley, FOUR, Joseph has been leaking runs and now Westley cashes in. Fraction short outside off, Westley went back and punched that into the gap at cover. Timed well to reach the fence in a hurry

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Cummins to Westley, out Lbw!! Given not out by Erasmus and Windies review. Looks like a good review. No bat for sure. Now onto ball-tracking. Three reds and Westley will go. Cummins strikes in his first over. Was a length ball, skidded on after pitching, Westley's head fell over on the flick and he missed it. The impact was in-line and the ball was crashing into the stumps. Not sure why Erasmus rejected that, to the naked eye it looked plumb and a good review by Holder and Co. Westley lbw b Cummins 8(18) [4s-2]

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to Cook, FOUR, Cook gets another boundary, wide of gully. It was a good delivery, bounced a little and seamed too, Cook rose on his toes and looked to defend, was in the air for a while but in the gap, right in between second slip and gully. Raced away to the fence

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Cummins to Root, FOUR, that's where he is so good. When the bad ball comes, he puts it away. Not necessarily a bad ball, this one, it's on a short of length and outside off, but gives time for Root to jump back and punch it wide of gully. The timing is great and Root gets a four

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to Root, FOUR, cover is left open and Root finds the middle of the bat to get four. Was a gentle outswinger, on a length, Root creamed that off the front foot to ensure the vacancy in the field was exploited

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Cummins to Cook, FOUR, down leg and too easy for Cook. Was on the pads, sliding down, needed a tickle which Cook provided, glancing fine and beating long leg easily

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to Root, FOUR, beautiful shot. There was point and cover to beat and he did so effortlessly. Rose on his toes and hit the ball on top of its bounce. Was the trademark Root back foot punch and point diving to his right couldn't stop it

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Cummins to Cook, FOUR, can't bowl there. Short and wide outside off with cover open, invitation for disaster. Cook cuts it away into the gap and it races away

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to Root, FOUR, that's a half-volley and Root won't miss out. He accepts the invite and drives gloriously wide of cover. High elbow and all that

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to Root, FOUR, poor end to the over. Angled in towards middle and leg, no-one in the deep as well, so that's another gift for Root, who flicks to the deep mid-wicket fence. Too easy

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to Cook, FOUR, too short and dismissed. Cook does a left-handed impression of Gordon Greendige, lifting one leg up as he swatted that away behind square. Was at his waist and he had no problems in putting that away to the fence

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Joseph to Root, FOUR, not a bad ball just that it was a straight delivery and too straight, Root went back and flicked that behind square. Square leg gave chase but the quick outfield took the ball away from the fielder

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Joseph to Root, FOUR, this is a good delivery and still it finds the fence. Joseph will feel hard done by, lovely shape on that full outswinger, Root drives and gets the outside edge, but wide of gully and since there's no-one at deep point or at third man, it keeps running away

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to Cook, FOUR, poor from the cover fielder. Went down slowly and didn't get the body behind that. Was driven well, should've been stopped though. Since the fielder failed to get even a hand to it, it gifts Cook four runs. Pretty sure that and Holder aren't pleased at all

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to Root, FOUR, the boundaries keep flowing. Was overpitched on middle, Root flicks it wide of mid-on and once it was in the gap, no chance for the chasing fielder. Root reaches 39 with that boundary

OT

Chase to Cook, 1 run, 50 for Cook. Edgbaston rise to applaud the effort. Got there with a drive to extra-cover, a fumble by the diving fielder and that's good enough to take Cook to the milestone

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Chase to Root, leg byes, FOUR, drifts onto the pads as the ball turned in a bit. The ball took the thigh pad on the way and raced away into the fence at fine leg

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Chase to Root, FOUR, flighted ball well outside off and Root lunges forward and flings his arms into the drive through the covers. The stride was huge to ensure he reached as close as possible to the pitch of the ball and then let the hands to do the talking

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Cummins to Cook, FOUR, self-imposed leather hunt delivery to Cook and he obliges with a clip off the pads. A poor delivery onto the pads had a nonchalant clip as a riposte past the diving mid-wickt fielder

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to Root, FOUR, short ball, cut away, slightly uppishly and it goes between slips and gully for a four. 11th Test fifty plus score in succession. His purple patch continues to expand. Root's 11 scores of fifty plus is only behind ABD's 12 successive scores of 50 and more. This of course is an English record!

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to Cook, FOUR, goes round the wicket but fails to change the line. Another dishy delivery on the pads and Cook feasts on it with a clip into the on-side. Four is the obvious result

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Joseph to Root, FOUR, not a bad way to celebrate a 100 runs for the partnership. Short ball, Root was waiting on it, the ball arrives and he smacks the pull away for a four towards the square leg region

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Joseph to Root, FOUR, short again, Root steers the ball past gully by playing it very late. Back-to-back fours

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to Cook, FOUR, takes it from the sticks and tickles it fine. The batsman shuffled across a bit to play it fine

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Joseph to Root, FOUR, first four down in the V for Root in this essay. That was pitched up and Root leant into the on-drive to send it screaming past the bowler

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to Cook, leg byes, FOUR, the leg-stick line is beyond anyone. The batsman misses the tuck but the thigh pad comes in the way and takes the ball away fine to fine leg

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to Cook, FOUR, another buffet ball on the pads and the ever hungry Cook clips the ball away past mid-wicket for another four. Windies leaking too many fours

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Joseph to Root, FOUR, shot! That's a gift and Root accepts it with both hands. Short and wide outside off, Root gets into a strong position off the back foot and rolls his wrists to force it through the point region. He was in total control of the shot

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to Root, FOUR, on-driven, elegance personified! That was pitched up and Root eases into the drive to get it between non-striker and mid-on

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Cummins to Root, FOUR, short ball, not too wide, cut away, the man at deep point slides and dives in a valiant manner

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to Root, FOUR, I was about to say that not too many edges have been found on this bald wicket. But the edge is found on the drive but is well away from the man at gully to traverse the passage to the fence at third man

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to Cook, FOUR, edged and safe! Short of a good length delivery that bounced a bit more than Cook expected it to. The left-hander pushes half-heartedly against it and gets a fat outside edge that flies well past the gully fielder. To make things worse for the visitors, the ball rolled away into the fence

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Chase to Root, FOUR, floated outside off and sliced behind square on the off-side for a four as Root reached out for it

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Chase to Root, FOUR, terrible delivery and the rest is all about Root putting the delivery down leg to the fine leg fence to raise his 13th Test ton. The new skipper continues to churn the runs. Unstoppable Yorkshireman. 3rd ton in those last 11 fifty plus scores. A fist punch, a loud roar and a kiss to the three lions on the helmet would describe the celebration from Root on reaching his hundred

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to Cook, FOUR, keep bowling him there all day long, keep getting the same results. On the pads and Cook clips the ball off the pads with eyes on the ball. The dive from short mid is beaten and a four to end the session

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to Root, FOUR, shuffles across his sticks and clipped away easily. That was a low full toss and Root had no qualms in sending it away just behind square

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Chase to Cook, FOUR, short ball, Cook waits till eternity and then cuts it past the diving point fielder for a four. The flatter ball also provided the pace to the batsman

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Chase to Cook, FOUR, chops the cut away, fine on the off-side and behind square for a four. Moves to 97. The lengths in that over were regularly short and allowed the batsman cut most of the balls away

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Chase to Root, FOUR, the partnership between Root and Cook is now 200! Too full, too easy, Root leans into the drive to thread it past sweeper cover. England continue to pile the runs and double the agony

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Chase to Cook, 1 run, there you go! Ton for the veteran! 31st ton for Mr. Cook. First of the year. First since November 2016. He soaks it in with a raise of the arms. That was short, cut away and the fielder at backward point allowed the batsmen to jog through for that. A content looking Cook did get a hug from his partner as well

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to Root, FOUR, driven, driven majestically! The ball was pitched up, not exactly erring in line and length but Root silks the drive between mid-off and cover to add four more runs!

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Joseph to Cook, FOUR, you can't bowl there to this guy. He will punish you all day. Bit of width outside off from a shortened length and Cook latches onto it by waiting for the ball on the back foot and cutting it backward of square on the off-side. There was a fielder at deep point. He ended up being a mere spectator

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to Root, out Bowled!! Wow! There's the breakthrough. Kemar is pumped and rightly so. The last half hour was helping the pacers and produced the right ball. Full and angling in at the sticks, Root looks to play the expansive drive and pays the price. Doesn't account for the inward movement and gets beaten on the inside edge. Crashes into the stumps. Anyway, end of a fine knock from the England skipper. Root b 136(189) [4s-22]

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Brathwaite to Malan, 1 run, dropped! It was a tough one to be honest. It was slightly short and wide outside off, Malan decides to go hard on his cut. The nick is found, but the ball deflected off the keeper's gloves making it difficult for the first slip fielder - Blackwood - to grasp it. A single nabbed and the circumspect Malan will retain strike

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to Malan, FOUR, the edge is found, but the ball goes through the no-man's land and into the fence. Got to feel for the bowler who is putting up a lion-hearted performance. Just short of a good length delivery that slants away from the left-hander. The good thing that Malan did was to play with soft hands. Hence the ball found the outside edge and eluded the slip fielders

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to Cook, FOUR, this is typical Cook! Short of a length ball that nips away outside off, Cook opens his bat-face and plays with soft hands. He ensures that it doesn't carry to the slip fielders. This time, finds the gap and the ball races away

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Cummins to Malan, FOUR, that's a gift and Malan accepts it gleefully. Short with ample width outside off, Malan hangs back and cuts it late behind square on the off-side. Raced away

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to Malan, FOUR, full ball from round the wicket that swings away late. Malan, without much of feet movement, throws his bat at it and drives beautifully well in front of square on the off-side. Once the gap was found, the quick outfield did the rest

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Joseph to Malan, FOUR, shot! Malan isn't afraid to take on the shot ball. Gets into a good position on the back foot and pulls over square leg by swivelling across

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to Cook, FOUR, this is sloppy from the Windies. Firstly the ball. On the pads from a short of length, Cook goes deep in his crease and tucks it nicley off his hips. The man in the deep was lazy to get down after running to his right. Doesn't even get hand on it and allows it to go past the boundary rope

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Joseph to Cook, FOUR, horrible delivery! Joseph is struggling here. Bowls a hit-me delivery down the leg-side from round the wicket. Cook hops and flicks it away fine into the fine leg fence

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Joseph to Cook, FOUR, shot! What a way to get to your 150! Half-volley and Cook punished it by leaning forward and clipping it wide of the mid-on fielder. The England opener raises his bat and he gets a nice applause from the crowd and his team-mates

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to Cook, FOUR, gully dives again, can't get there this time. Was an inswinger, found the edge as Cook went on the back foot to block, played it with soft hands, so the edge went down quickly and split the cordon. Even a dive from gully wasn't enough

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to Malan, FOUR, that's the way to put the half-volleys away. On a bent knee and timed the cajones off that. Saw the delivery and then his eyes lit up, still had to hit the gap which he did with minimum fuss and maximum timing. Not a limb moved in the field

OT

to Cook, 1 run, pushed to mid-off, takes Holder on and makes it, with a stretch. Even with a direct hit, Cook was in

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to Cook, FOUR, meanwhile is struggling too, from round the wicket he angles it into the pads, easy for Cook to go back and glance it fine, beats long leg with no trouble. Needed a tickle which Cook got

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Joseph to Cook, FOUR, Joseph doesn't want to displease his seniors. Does the same as the previous two who have bowled earlier. Swinging down leg, needed a glance and Cook is too good a player to miss out. Gets it wide of deep backward square

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Joseph to Cook, FOUR, another gift and four more. Overpitched on the pads, Cook is relishing this, flicked wide of mid-wicket who dives over the ball. "Terrible bit of fielding, sums up West Indies right there" is the comment from Mike Athers on air. Can't agree more. The worst way to start your spell

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Cummins to Cook, FOUR, "pretty timid chase" says Wardy on air, this was an attempted yorker on the stumps, didn't get it right, was full and Cook dug it out wide of mid-on. The fielder just "escorted it" in Wardy's words again. A dive would've sufficed there

OT

Cummins to Cook, 1 run, the 100-run stand comes up. This delivery nipped back in and hurried Cook on the tuck, but he gets it down to deep backward square. A handshake between the two in acknowledgement of the accomplishment

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Joseph to Malan, FOUR, a good ball, but still it has gone for a boundary. Swinging in, takes the thick inside half of the bat on the flick, deep backward square lost it, or so it seemed, the ball escapes to the fence. Joseph isn't a happy man. Wanted a better effort from the fielder

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Cummins to Cook, FOUR, that's the shot of the day, even you can say of the game so far. Would rival the cover drive played by Malan earlier. Cook held the pose too after playing a picture-perfect straight drive. Was overpitched and that made his job easier, leant forward, showed the full face and the ball pinged off the middle of the bat to elude the stumps and race away. That's one for the lensman all around the world. As good a straight drive as you can see from a left-hander or a right

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Joseph to Malan, FOUR, wow! That's even better. Than the first cover-drive that he played earlier in the day. Smashed this past an array of fielders on the off-side. Again not a muscle moved. Granted it was a overpitched delivery outside off and the width was there to free the arms, but still had to hit the gap and Malan did so with surgeon-like precision

OT

Cummins to Malan, 2 runs, short of length on the stumps, short-arm jabbed pull to deep backward square leg, two taken and Malan gets to his maiden Test fifty. Does not realise it immediately, then gets the cheers from the crowd. Soaks in the applause, congratulated by his partner as well

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Cummins to Malan, FOUR, four more. Low full-toss angling away, Malan square-drove that with an open bat face, beats the diving point to his left. Once it beat the fielder, it was always four

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Chase to Malan, FOUR, for a moment, Malan must have felt, he had holed out there. Rushed down the track and got too close to the ball, in lofting it, but cleared Roach at mid-off. A taller fielder would've had a better chance and the pacer didn't even attempt a leap

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Chase to Malan, FOUR, beautiful shot. To the pitch and driving handsomely past a diving mid-off. Roach did his best there, but the timing on the shot and the fact that he dived too early, as his feet gave away, meant that the ball eluded his grasp

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to Cook, FOUR, 200 for Alastair Cook. What an easy 200. Compared to his other three efforts of over 200. But take nothing away from the innings. I can't recollect an instance of a half-chance in that innings, let alone a full one. Granted a few controlled edges went through the cordon, but he hasn't put a foot wrong. Typical Cook innings - showing monumental powers of concentration, discipline and putting the bad balls away. There were a lot of them mind and he didn't miss out. After a lean run against South Africa, the Cook of old is back and back with a bang. Time to fill your boots against a pedestrain, second-rate Windies attack with another couple of games to go in the summer. This is how he got there to the landmark: what a shambles that is from the third man fielder! Sums up Windies very well - that piece of fielding. A full and swinging delivery outside off, lured Cook into the drive, away from the body, went through the vacant gully position and it was just one, but Kyle Hope is nutmegged and it runs away for four. Cook sticks his tongue out - after seeing the ball run away, unable to believe his luck and takes in all the applause from the crowd and his mates. Had a wry smile on his face as he waved the bat to all corners of the Edgbaston crowd. He certainly looks happier, without the pressures of captaincy. Trademark Cook where he doesn't celebrate extravagantly - understated and elegant. Coming back to the ball - had there been a gully, would've gone straight to the fielder. Instead there are two men at point and a third man who is pretty square. Luckily for Cook, it went into the gap and some atrocious fielding helped him get there, much earlier than he would've hoped for

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to Cook, FOUR, this is filling your boots time now. Didn't try to cut this shortish angled across delivery, instead pulled it and beat the deep square running to his right. It raced across the quick outfield and gave the fielder no chance

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Chase to Malan, out Caught by Blackwood!! Edged and gone. Is that lunch as well? It could well be. Yes it is. End of Malan. Not the most pleasing of fifties, but he has gritted it out there, would feel desperately unlucky to get out just before the break. Chase lands one in the right area, outside off, it turns away and takes the edge on the forward defence, straight to slip and taken well. Respite for Windies after a session of toil. Malan c Blackwood b Chase 65(139) [4s-10]

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to Stokes, no ball, FOUR, full delivery, too full and Stokes leans into the on-drive. The bowler tries to boot it down but the ball speeds past him for a four

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Chase to Stokes, FOUR, sinks down to a flighted ball outside off and then brooms the ball away through the mid-wicket region for a four. The intent is clear. Quick runs being the need of the hour

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Chase to Stokes, out Caught by Blackwood!! The reverse paddle finds the man at slip. The shoulder of the bat was found and Blackwood at slip takes a smart catch. He initially faked a movement to his left but then stayed steady to take a catch to his right with a reverse cup. Stokes c Blackwood b Chase 10(14) [4s-2]

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Chase to Bairstow, FOUR, just a mere steer. Stays back, uses the pace of the bowler and guides it past the dive from the man at backward point. Bad bowling!

4

Chase to Cook, FOUR, short, too wide, Cook steers back and cheekily guides it past backward point for a four. Again using the pace of the bowler

4

Chase to Cook, FOUR, stays back and cuts this time, slightly uppish but that is well away from the man at slip. Another four and the 500 is brought up amidst rapturous applause

W

to Bairstow, out Bowled!! The sharp in-ducker does the job. The ball nibbled in, Bairstow was cramped on the poky-push and the inside edge shatters the woodwork. It landed well outside off and Bairstow moved towards the line of the ball but left a gap between bat and pad. The ball found the inner edge and disturbed the sticks. Bairstow has a puzzled look on his face as he departs. Bairstow b 18(33) [4s-1]

W

Chase to Moeen Ali, out Caught by Kraigg Brathwaite!! The flight does the batsman in here. Moeen Ali charged down and tried to go across the line. The ball took the splice of the bat to shoot up and land in the safe hands of the man at backward point. Moeen Ali fails to open his account and Chase has his third. The dryish wicket has finally started to take some turn. The batsman being early into the whippy clip did not help his case. Moeen Ali c Kraigg Brathwaite b Chase 0(4)

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to Roland-Jones, FOUR, nicked...between keeper and first slip. The misfotunes continue. Roland-Jones fiddles at a delivery that was probing around sixth stump channel, a healthy edge. Seemed as if he ran it off the face, Dowrich dives full length to his right, but no dice. Didn't even get a glove

W

Chase to Cook, out Lbw!! . A slider. Doesn't spin and keeps low to beat Cook on the inside edge; he was looking to block, but might have dozed off for a split-second. Hit pretty low and looked dead to the naked eye. Chase goes for the review straightaway. Cook OUT lbw? No bat. UltraEdge proves the same. Three reds and that's it from Cook. He trickles off the field, much like his boundary strokes. And England have declared. Amazing scenes here at Edgbaston: Root signals the declaration while acknowledging Cook's marathon effort. The spectators rise as one, cheer...clap and drool over the class and bloody-mindedness of Alastair Nathan Cook. Not even a single West Indian missed congratulating Cook. From all around the corner, they swarm around England's leading run-scorer in Tests to give him a pat on the back. That's cricket for you. Cook lbw b Chase 243(407) [4s-33]