A century from Joe Root has put England in control at 6 for 373 in the third say of the second Test against the West Indies in Grenada.
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The 24-year-old reached the end of the day’s play unbeaten on 118, while Jos Buttler ended the day on 4 not out.
On a good batting wicket, England skipper got some much-needed runs up on the board with 76, while the much-maligned Gary Ballance hit 77.
Jonathan Trott also produced a confidence-boosting innings with a knock of 59.
Cook was the first victim of the day’s play after he dragged a Shannon Gabriel delivery onto the stumps, before Ian Bell (1) fell in a similar fashion from the fired-up Gabriel.
Trott was dismissed after edging an Devendra Bishoo delivery straight into the path of Jermaine Blackwood at second slip.
Root and Ballance then consolidated England’s innings with a 165-run partnership before Ballance played a Marlon Samuels delivery onto his own stumps.
Moeen Ali was sent back to the pavilion for a duck after he was run-out off a throw from Blackwood.
Ben Stokes (8) played a wayward stroke to hand Bishoo his second wicket after he was caught at deep mid-wicket.