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India vs England: Woakes Makes Instant Impact as Stokes Substitute

India vs England: Woakes Makes Instant Impact as Stokes Substitute

Tick, twice in fact - both innings against Pakistan in 2016.

England had stumbled to 89-4 in reply to India's first- innings 107, but Bairstow played confidently and was unbeaten on 62 at the interval while the returning Woakes (55 not out) notched up his fifth Test fifty as the hosts reached 230-5.

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Allrounder Chris Woakes struck his first test century to guide England to 357-6 and a commanding 250-run lead over top-ranked India at stumps on Day 3 of the second test at Lord's on Saturday.

Jos Buttler (24) got in and got out before he too fell lbw aiming across the line as Shami took a third wicket this innings.

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After a delay of more than two hours, the players returned for 12 balls, during which Kohli and Pujara groped around trying to find the ball as Anderson and Stuart Broad terrorised them under leaden skies.

Even though Bairstow was the more senior of the pair, it was Woakes who looked the more impressive, driving, cutting and pulling the ball with authority around the Lord's outfield.

Warwickshire favourite Woakes, recalled after England omitted Ben Stokes because of a clash with his fellow pace-bowling all-rounder's trial for affray, had missed the hosts' 31-run win in the first Test at his Edgbaston home ground last week because of fitness concerns following knee and calf injuries.

An nearly obligatory slightly sticky spell in the 90s aside, it was a near-chanceless innings -Woakes missed just 3.8% of his deliveries, the least of any batsman in this series - but equally never shied away from playing his shots, ending the day, by CricViz calculations, having played 31% attacking shots - the most he's ever played in a Test innings of 15 or more balls. They haven't got anywhere near as many runs as they would've wanted, but the match isn't done by any means. But England " s batting has often proved fallible recently.

It is not hard to see why, in fact it is difficult to imagine anyone having a problem with Woakes, but it has not been his undoubted niceness that has propelled him to this point in his career - rather a steely resolve and determination to constantly improve. As first innings go in Test cricket it was a good one.