Cook surpassed many milestones during his 243 which lasted 588 minutes – almost three hours more than both Windies innings combined. © Getty Images

Cook surpassed many milestones during his 243 which lasted 588 minutes – almost three hours more than both Windies innings combined. © Getty Images

In the first ever day-night Test in England, Alastair Cook led the way with a double-hundred as England crushed Windies by an innings and 209 runs inside three days at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Saturday (August 19). Here’s a look at the numbers from the first of three-Test series.

Marathon man Cook

Cook surpassed many milestones during his 243 which lasted 588 minutes – almost three hours more than both Windies innings combined.

– This was Cook’s 31st Test century. He went past Matthew Hayden and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, both with 30 centuries each, to move to 11th on the all-time list.

– With his fourth double-hundred in Test cricket, Cook drew abreast of Len Hutton. For England, only Wally Hammond (7) has more double-centuries. Since January 1, 2000, four of the seven highest individual scores for England have come from Cook’s bat.

– Cook became the first batsman to score 6000 Test runs in England, leaving behind Graham Gooch who had 5917 runs in his home country. By the end of the match, Cook had 6063 runs at an average of 45.93 from 139 innings. The only batsman with more than 2500 Test runs in a foreign country is Don Bradman, who scored 2674 runs in England, averaging 102.84.

Most runs in a single country

Player Country Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100
Ricky Ponting Australia 92 154 21 7578 257 56.97 23
Sachin Tendulkar India 94 153 16 7216 217 52.67 22
Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka 81 129 9 7167 374 59.72 23
Jacques Kallis South Africa 88 143 19 7035 224 56.73 23
Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 75 124 11 6830 287 60.44 22
Brian Lara West Indies 65 111 5 6217 400* 58.65 17
Shivnarine Chanderpaul West Indies 81 133 27 6187 203* 58.36 19
Alastair Cook England 80 139 7 6063 294 45.93 14

– Cook’s 243 is the second-highest score in day-night Tests. The highest score – 302 not out by Azhar Ali of Pakistan – also came against Windies, in Dubai last year.

Root’s purple patch

Joe Root continued his good form with the bat, bringing up his 13th Test hundred while making 136. He now has at least one fifty-plus score in each of his last 11 Tests. The record belongs to AB de Villiers of South Africa, who scored at least one half-century in 12 consecutive Tests from November 2012 to February 2014.

Since the start of this century, Windies have been asked to follow-on 17 times – the most for any team. © AFP

Since the start of this century, Windies have been asked to follow-on 17 times – the most for any team. © AFP

Windies’ slide

In response to England’s 514 for 8 dec., Windies were shot out for 168. Following on, they could manage only 137 as England wrapped up the match inside three days. The defeat by an innings and 209 runs is Windies’ sixth heaviest in Test cricket.

Since the start of this century, Windies have been asked to follow-on 17 times – the most for any team. Only twice have they been able to save the match. Their Tests to follow-on ratio is better than only Zimbabwe and Bangladesh for the said period.

Worst Tests to follow-on ratio (since January 1, 2000)

Team Mat Follow-on Won Lost Draw Mat/FO
Zimbabwe 63 9 0 8 1 7.0
Bangladesh 100 14 0 13 1 7.1
West Indies 170 17 0 15 2 10.0
Sri Lanka 166 13 0 11 2 12.8
New Zealand 146 8 0 6 2 18.3

Windies lost 19 wickets on the third day – the most they have lost in one day of Test cricket. Only on three occasions previously has a team has lost all 20 wickets in a single day.

Most wickets lost by a team in a single day

Team Wkts Opposition Ground Match Date
India 20 England Manchester July 17, 1952
Zimbabwe 20 New Zealand Napier January 26, 2012
Zimbabwe 20 New Zealand Harare August 7, 2005
South Africa 19 England Cape Town 25 Mar 1889
South Africa 19 Australia Manchester May 27, 1912
Zimbabwe 19 England Lord’s May 22, 2003
West Indies 19 England Birmingham August 17, 2017

Broad bests Botham

With five scalps in the Test, Stuart Broad took his wicket-tally to 384, going past Ian Botham’s haul of 383. James Anderson, Broad’s new-ball partner, leads the table for England with 492 Test wickets.

Most Test wickets for England

Player Mat Wkts Ave BBI SR 5WI 10WM
James Anderson 127 492 27.71 7-43 56.3 22 3
Stuart Broad 107 384 28.47 8-15 56.9 15 2
Ian Botham 102 383 28.40 8-34 56.9 27 4
Bob Willis 90 325 25.20 8-43 53.4 16 0
Fred Trueman 67 307 21.57 8-31 49.4 17 3