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Root says he feels 'privileged' to lead England's greats

Birmingham: Joe Root said he felt "extremely privileged" in captaining three of England's most successful Test cricketers after Alastair Cook, James Anderson and Stuart Broad all starred in a series-opening rout of the West Indies at Edgbaston.

The first day/night Test in Britain saw England thrash a hapless West Indies by an innings and 209 runs inside three days on Saturday.
Cook, England's all-time leading Test run-scorer with 11,568 in 145 fixtures, was named man-of-the-match after making 243 in a total of 514 for eight declared.
Together with Root, his successor as England captain, Cook shared a third-wicket stand of 248 of which the Yorkshireman's share was 136.
The skippers past and present came together when England were briefly in trouble at 39 for two. From then on it was one-way traffic, with Anderson making early inroads in both innings as West Indies, made to follow-on by Root, were skittled out for
168 and 137.
For all the fears about how the pink ball would behave under the floodlights, most of the damage during an extraordinary Saturday where the West Indies lost 19 wickets in total came during daylight hours.
Broad did, however, shine at an illuminated Edgbaston as he moved past Ian Botham's tally of 383 Test wickets and into second place in England's all-time list behind new-ball partner Anderson.
His final second-innings figures of three for 34 in 10 overs were impressive enough but the paceman's career has been littered with dramatic wicket-taking bursts.
Saturday's haul was no exception as Broad rocked the West Indies with a spell of three for four in 11 balls, including two in two before he was denied what would have been his third Test hat-trick.
It left Broad with 384 wickets in 107 Tests at an average of 28.47, while Anderson — four years older at 35 — remained out in front on 492 wickets in 127 matches at 27.71.

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