Cook's epic double ton piles on the pain

West Indies were 1-44 in reply to England's imposing 8dec-514, a deficit of 470 runs, when rain ended the second day's play early in the third session.

Cook's dismissal brought England's declaration, giving them the chance to bowl at the West Indies top order in the tricky twilight period that often sees wickets fall in day-night tests.

Former captain Cook brought up his fifty shortly before lunch and Root soon followed him to the milestone, posting a half-century for the 11th test in a row to equal the record in five-day cricket.

West Indies bowling coach Roddy Estwick said: "We discussed that after 80 overs we would need to take the new ball as quickly as possible, but we didn't take it so we had to send a quiet reminder to the captain".

After Cook got off the mark first ball, fellow left-hander Stoneman's first two scoring shots in Test cricket were both fours before he perished without adding another run.

Cook shared a 248-run third-wicket stand with new skipper Joe Root on Thursday and played with typical poise and judgement to turn an overnight 153 into 243.

"It is something we did in the previous two games but to do it today is brilliant".

But come the close, Powell was 18 not out while Kyle Hope, in at 1-0 on Test debut, had made a heartening 25 not out for the tourists.




It was an encouraging start by the Surrey batsman - Cook's 12th England opening partner since Andrew Strauss retired five years ago.

Significantly it was also Cook's first Test hundred in 17 innings and the 32-year-old left-handed opener's tenth score of 150 or more at this level.

On a true surface, the efforts of England's current and former captains reinforced the fear that this three-match series will be one-sided.

The landmark was reached in a way that rather epitomised the Windies' misery when Cook slashed a single to third man, only for Hope to comically trip over his own feet and allow the ball to trickle to the boundary.

Having omitted their legspinner, Devendra Bishoo, West Indies' options were limited to the offspin of Roston Chase, whose six overs were tidy but unthreatening.

The reception at the top table is beginning to wear off for Westley, following his inconclusive succession of middling scores so far - the latest his least productive to date after he played across and missed a straight ball to be lbw to first-change Miguel Cummins on DRS.

"My length was too short to Cooky and that was the main error from me and at one point I just tried to contain him and not even try to get his wicket", said Chase, who took four for 113. Though Marais Erasmus did not give in to the appeal at first, but his decision was reversed upon review.

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