Woakes and Bairstow grind India into the Lord's dirt as England dominate

Rex Christensen
August 12, 2018

Allrounder Chris Woakes displayed his batting ability with a first test century as he guided England to a commanding lead over India on Day 3 of the second test at Lord's.

Woakes was 120 not out, having shared a partnership of 189 with Jonny Bairstow (93) that was an England record for the sixth wicket in Test matches against India, beating the 171 put on by Ian Botham and Bob Taylor at Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1980.

Given India's struggles against the moving ball on the opening day, when they were dismissed for 107, England could have afforded to declare earlier, particularly as Anderson found movement straight away.

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Presumably wondering whether the ball would have missed leg-stump, Jennings reviewed the decision, only for DRS to show the ball clattering into middle.

The 20-year-old Ollie Pope impressed on debut but fell for 28 before captain Joe Root, strangely subdued, was lbw to Shami for 19 with the last ball before lunch.

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First, though, it was Jos Buttler who decided offence was his best option, hitting four boundaries as England surpassed India's first-innings total and took the lead.

Thereafter Bairstow and Woakes dominated a dejected India attack with England scoring at nearly four-and-a-half an over in a positive batting display. All-rounder Woakes registered his maiden global century, while Bairstow scored his 19th Test fifty as the duo shared a 189-run stand for the sixth wicket.

India, who opted to play another spinner in the second Test, could not stop the flow of runs and looked desperately short of pace options.

Woakes hit 18 fours in his innings so far as England continued to dominate the second Test.

What's done is done, though, and India will look for a disciplined bowling performance to get back into the game.

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