England ace Chris Woakes boasts absurdly low Test average at Lord's

India vs England Virat Kohli And Other Batsmen VVS Laxman Explains The Difference

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.

James Anderson, England " s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, took full advantage of the swing-friendly conditions with a return of five for 20.

By contrast, England´s innings commenced under sunny blue skies that promised to make life easier for the batsmen. But England " s batting has often proved fallible recently.

Joe Root (19) had battled through a hard spell when he first came to the crease and was set to be rewarded with more favourable conditions in the afternoon, only to be undone by Shami with a ball that nipped back and stayed low in the final over of the morning. Five balls later Jennings " s fellow left-handed opener Alastair Cook (21) was out as well, caught behind off a superb Sharma delivery from around the wicket that squared him up and seamed away before finding the outside edge. Virat is now the top-ranked batsman in Test and ODI cricket.

"As a bowling unit we tried but all of a sudden the ball stopped swinging", Pandya said.

But a promising innings of 28 ended when Pope was lbw to all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

Bairstow and Jos Buttler went on the offensive immediately after the interval, quickly taking England past India's first innings total, but, while Bairstow remained to inflict further damage on India, Buttler departed for 24, becoming Shami's (3-74) third lbw victim after being beaten for pace as he advanced and moved across his stumps to try and work the ball to leg. But Bairstow, as he's often done before, held firm while attacking the loose ball.

England had looked like wasting an inspired bowling performance that dismissed India so cheaply on a rain-interrupted second day.

Bairstow reached his half-century first, cover driving wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav for four, before Woakes outpaced him.

The 29-year-old Woakes is playing in place of Ben Stokes, who was forced to miss the second test as he stands trial in a court in Bristol charged with affray.

Jonny Bairstow hit eight boundaries and scored freely to keep the pressure on the India bowlers and Chris Woakes also struck eight fours following his two wickets on Friday.

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