England Squad:Playing XI:Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley, Joe Root (c), Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Toby Roland-Jones, James Anderson
Bench:Mason Crane, Chris Woakes
Windies Squad:Playing XI:Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (c), Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins
Bench:Shimron Hetmyer, Shannon Gabriel, Devendra Bishoo, Raymon Reifer
Rob Johnston signs off from the venue, “A great occasion here at Edgbaston for the first day-night Test in this country and England have totally dominated. Alastair Cook’s 31st Test hundred was chanceless and he was ably supported by Root. The West Indian bowling was pretty shoddy and they have a lot of work to do if they are to get back in this game.”
The post-tea session was the period that everyone wanted to examine. The English players did mention in an interview that they found it tough to spot the shiny part of the ball in the twilight period. The ball did start to reverse and both the settled batsmen found it difficult to cope against the quick bowlers. Eventually, Root was scalped by Roach and it looked like the game might spice up. But thanks to some strange captaincy, the new ball wasn’t taken straightaway. Once it was taken, the bowlers bowled wayward that allowed a tentative Malan to settle down and put on an unbeaten 61-run stand with Cook.