- BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Joe Root and Alastair Cook played sublimely to lead England to a commanding 215 for two at tea on the opening day of their first day-night test against the West Indies at Edgbaston on Thursday.
- Miguel Cummins trapped Tom Westley lbw, the West Indies successfully reviewing the umpire’s not out decision to leave England in trouble at the start of the three-match series.
- Cricket – England vs West Indies – First Test – Birmingham, Britain – August 17, 2017 England’s Tom Westley and Alastair Cook Action Images via Reuters/Paul ChildsCook and Root dug in, however, taking advantage of good batting conditions and wayward bowling with a flurry of crisp boundaries to give their side a solid platform.
- England, fresh from beating South Africa 3-1, are strong favourites to overcome a callow West Indies side without many of their leading players due to contractual disputes with their cricket board.
- The fifth ever day-night test and first in England, played with an unfamiliar pink ball, was expected to offer the touring side their best chance of an upset and they will be hoping the ball behaves more unpredictably when the floodlights are turned on in the final session.