Cook and Root shine for England jersey against West Indies

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The game was not transformed by all the hullaballoo about the unusual format. No matter Chuck Klein Womens Jersey what time it starts class will out. So it was that Joe Root cruised to his 13th Test century against a friendly West Indies attack with Alastair Cook dutifully following in his captain’s wake with his 31st hundred. Their efforts ensured that the England players went to bed – soon after the close of play one assumes – in charge of the game. When the floodlights were turned off England were 348 for three.Root and Cook have played long enough not to be apologetic about taking runs from one of the weaker bowling line-ups on the Test circuit. They ruthlessly sensed their opportunity to make hay in the afternoon sunshine. Root reached his century just before “tea” was taken at 6.40pm, Cook calmly registered his after the interval under the floodlights against the old pink ball, which was showing little inclination to misbehave.
They seldom missed a ball on a brown, benign pitch that cried out for the presence of a specialist spinner. Instead, the tourists were persuaded by all the talk of the seamer-friendly pink ball in the twilight rather than trusting their eyes out in the middle just before the toss. So Devendra Bishoo, the leg-spinner, was omitted and the West Indies opted for four pace bowlers and an occasional off-spinner. That has a familiar ring to it. But the pace bowlers are not that quick and not that accurate. And the pitch was sluggish.After the challenges of Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada this was light relief. Great batsmen – Martin Crowe is my primary source – fear not being able to score much more than the possibility of the unplayable delivery. There were always plenty of run-scoring opportunities. Root and Cook saw their chance in the manner of Ken Barrington and John Edrich many years ago, though neither of those great run-makers possessed the elegance or the determination to dominate exhibited by Root. There Adidas Jacob Josefson Authentic Jersey was, however, one great cricketer, present at Edgbaston to help celebrate the 50th Test here, whom Root begins to resemble: Ted Dexter.Root may not appear quite so haughty and imperious at the crease and he crouches more in his stance but his bat is just as straight when playing the classical backward defensive, which sometimes extends into the back-foot drive. Like Dexter, he wants to attack with a rare purity of stroke. For some, such a comparison might seem premature or presumptuous. It is true that Dexter and Barrington had to cope with Wes Hall, Garry Sobers and Charlie Griffith, while Edrich just caught Andy Roberts and a young Michael Holding and Wayne Daniel. Although Kemar Roach bowled well the current West Indies attack is nowhere near as threatening, but from an England perspective there was a wonderful inevitability about the way Root and Cook acquired their runs.
That did not extend to the new boys at the top of the order. For Mark Stoneman and Tom Westley ] it must have been a day of huge exasperation as they sat in the pavilion watching their seniors go about their business. Stoneman and Westley acquired extremely polished eights.
The first ball Stoneman faced in Test cricket was a wide from Roach, which sped towards the startled hands of Kraigg Brathwaite at second slip. Then he received two half-volleys that were crisply struck to the cover boundary and to square leg. Test cricket? No problem. England were 10 for none after Roach’s over, apparently their most productive first over in a Test match this century. For a second perhaps Stoneman could contemplate the Gabba in November.However, Roach’s second over was rather more impressive, in particular its first ball. This one appeared to swing a little into the left-handed Stoneman; then, after hitting the pitch, it deviated slightly towards the slip cordon before brushing the off stump. It was a terrific delivery and Stoneman did not appear to do much wrong. In that sense alone it was a good dismissal for him.
Westley’s innings was longer and it also contained two exquisite boundaries. However, he was more culpable for his dismissal in Miguel Cummins’s first over. Like Stoneman and Jennings, Westley bats on off stump – or even outside it. This is because he favours the clip through the leg side; this is fine and productive provided he hits the ball. But on this occasion he missed what seemed to be a straight delivery. Unaccountably, Marais Erasmus declined to raise his finger but the DRS system came to his rescue.Initially, Cook scored faster than normal on a day when the boundary count was unusually high. Most Test sides remember to avoid Cook’s legs but he was given too many opportunities, gratefully received, to clip the ball through the on-side. So he enhanced his excellent record against the West Indies; he was on his way to his fourteenth half-century against them in 31 knocks.Root overtook him in the second session when this pair advanced with massive assurance. A sparse notebook reveals that Cook missed a ball from Roach on 72 but – correctly – the fielding side declined to review for lbw.


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