Birmingham: Alastair Cook’s double century put England in a commanding position against the West Indies before James Anderson struck in the inaugural day/night Test in Britain at Edgbaston on Friday.
West Indies were 44 for one in reply to England’s imposing 514 for eight declared, a deficit of 470 runs, when rain ended the second day’s play early in the third session.
Cook’s 243, his fourth Test double century, was the cornerstone of England's total and the former captain's dismissal prompted current skipper Joe Root to declare.
That left the West Indies with a tricky nine overs to bat in twilight before the tea interval.
That was time enough for opener Kraigg Brathwaite to be caught behind for a duck off Anderson.
Kieran Powell had made just two when the normally reliable Ben Stokes dropped him in the gully off Stuart Broad.
But come the close, Powell was 18 not out while Kyle Hope, in at nought for one, had made a heartening 25 not out for the tourists.
But by that stage both Cook and Anderson, England’s leading Test run-scorer and wicket-taker respectively, had struck telling blows.
England resumed in an immensely strong position of 348 for three in the first of this three-match series and the 50th Test at Edgbaston.